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Abraham on linking up with Havertz and his thirst for winning silverware

While Kai Havertz may have taken centre stage this week following his hat-trick against Barnsley, special praise should also go to Tammy Abraham for the creative role he had in our midweek Carabao Cup win.

It took Abraham just 20 minutes to break the deadlock against the Tykes on Wednesday evening, netting his first goal of the season with a fine finish past another fellow Chelsea Academy graduate in Brad Collins.

Seeing Abraham score in a Chelsea shirt was something we got very familiar with last season, but his goal was not the only big contribution from the striker.

Ten minutes later, his dummy through the legs from a Mason Mount pass for Havertz to score was sublime, and was followed up in the second half with another excellent assist for the German.

The link-up play was executed perfectly and Abraham admitted that this was a routine they had worked on in training during the week.

‘We were working on it quite a lot,’ explained Tammy. ‘I would go short towards the ball and Kai would go in behind me, so I knew where he was.

‘I had a quick look and he was there waiting, so it was great to see it work out so well.’

Abraham ended last season as our top goal scorer and while he hopes to find the net regularly again this term, the striker says he is just as happy creating chances for his team-mates too.

‘You know sometimes it’s good to assist other people. We’ve not had a lot of time to work together but as you can see, what we tried was paying off and hopefully it can continue like this for us.’

The summer signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have certainly added strong competition to positions in the final third, and along with Christian Pulisic closing in on a return to full fitness, our number nine is relishing the competitive spirit in the attacking areas and hopes the Blues can end this season with silverware.

‘We all want good competition and good players,’ Abraham said ‘You need to have that at Chelsea, because we want to be competitive in every competition at the end of the day it’s time to start winning trophies again.’

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