Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hails Tammy Abraham for keeping Blues dream alive despite multiple loans
THOMAS TUCHEL praised Tammy Abraham for refusing to give up on her Chelsea dream.
Head coach Tuchel particularly admires the striker for beating the club’s loan system which has seen so many other prospects crumble.
Graduated from the Academy Abraham was ceded to Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa before finally having a chance at its parent club in the summer of 2019.
Tuchel said: “I love that he came his way with the loans and overcame the obstacles in his career when he got loaned. He has always scored for his teams.
“He has the spirit to succeed in Chelsea. It’s one of the toughest challenges you can face, but it’s ready to go.
“This is one of the toughest challenges you can have. It is not always straightforward.
“It’s bumpy sometimes, sometimes you go out on loan, but I love that the academy boys accept the challenge of being successful here.
“I think they absolutely want to be successful as Chelsea players, not just in the Premier League. They want to be Chelsea players.
“This is the spirit we want to feel. When we feel the spirit, combined with this talent, we will push them.”
Abraham scored the goal last Thursday which put Chelsea in the last eight of the FA Cup.
In a tough tie at Barnsley he also held them down with a goal clearance.
Tuchel said: “He played well at Barnsley because he not only scored the deciding goal but was also important in the defensive set pieces, he cleared a lot of situations for us with his header.
“He was absolutely prepared to suffer and for that he has all my credit.
“It’s a good new start for him to step up and show that he is important to us.”
Public displays of emotion will be commonplace in Tuchel’s regime at Stamford Bridge.
The German doesn’t try to be everyone’s favorite and says he can be a badass if the need arises.
But he insists that diplomacy will always be the first option and that denigration will be open.
Tuchel said, “Can I be a town crier? Yes, if it is absolutely necessary.
“If you do it all the time, no one would listen because it becomes a habit and everyone gets used to it.
“So the point is to be unpredictable, to be reasonable most of the time.
“It is important for me to build a relationship of trust and a relationship that we can count on and not yell at people and insult people in front of a group, this is unacceptable.
“But if we’re going to make it clear, I’m a huge fan of doing it in front of the whole group.
“If we have behavior that harms the squad, it causes problems for the team on the pitch, we should tell the players individually.
“But I also firmly believe that the group has to handle this and that everyone has to have the personality to swallow some criticism in front of the group.
“I don’t do stuff to be liked by everyone in the locker room.”
Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel is locked in a hotel room with just a cheesy detective story for company as he settles into his new job and as the Covid pandemic prevents his family from doing it rejoin.
He said: “My family is staying in Paris for the moment to finish school with the children and at the moment it’s not easy – impossible, in fact – for all of us to travel.
“I miss them a lot and Valentine’s Day was a Zoom family reunion which is pretty sad.
“But you know, we’re still privileged, safe, and healthy, so I don’t want to complain too much.”