Tammy Abraham has pointed out you don’t need to go back far to find evidence of a strong Chelsea performance away from home in the Champions League, and ahead of our trip to Amsterdam this week the striker believes we can repeat that recent success in Lille.
Not three weeks have passed since our last fixture on the continent, when Abraham scored his maiden European goal helping us secure a vital victory in our quest to qualifying from Group H.
On Saturday he was denied by the bar and some last-ditch Newcastle defending as we battled to break the Magpies down, but it’s safe to expect a more open game this midweek against a freescoring Ajax, 3-0 winners over both Lille and Valencia in their opening two fixtures.
‘We know it’s a massive game for us,’ Abraham said. ‘Massive, massive. Ajax are like us, they have a lot of young players who like to keep the ball and play good football. Off the ball as well they like to win it back quickly.
‘We know it’s not going to be easy, but I believe in myself and my team that we can hopefully get a result there.
‘We got ourselves back on track in Lille. It’s not an easy place to go to, we dug deep and got that win. Who says we can’t do the same at Ajax?’
Earlier this month Abraham had his first taste of travelling away in Europe with the England senior team in the wake of his first call-up since 2017. He came on for the closing stages of the loss to Czech Republic, and remained unused a few days later in the thrashing of Bulgaria. It was a fixture overshadowed by racism and Abraham, the victim of vile online abuse earlier this season, stressed the need to ‘let our football do the talking’.
‘What we went through in Bulgaria is not acceptable really,’ the 22-year-old said.
‘Everyone is trying to do the best they can to get rid of this, watching Sky Sports and seeing ‘No Room for Racism’ everywhere. It is nice to have that support behind everyone. We have to be professional, move on and let the football do the talking.
‘Am I happy with how we handled it in Bulgaria? Yeah, definitely. To see a lot of clips and videos of the boys all getting together, talking with each other and also our performance out there as well. Let our football do the talking and they just feel like idiots.’