Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed how he inspired Tammy Abraham to produce a man-of-the-match performance against Norwich City. The 21-year-old was on the scoresheet twice as the Blues registered their first victory with a 3-2 victory.
Abraham scored in the third minute and in celebration ran towards his coach with joy.
“I loved the celebration,” Lampard said.
“I spoke to him before the game and said that I felt that today was the day for him.”
“It was a bit of kidology before the game, really, but I do trust in him and I know that as a striker, a young striker, you do need that support and I genuinely mean that.”
“He’s had a tough little period for reasons we all know and strikers get judged purely on goals at times and sometimes that’s slightly unfair.”
Abraham was also racially abused after lacklustre performances against Manchester United and Leicester City. Lampard was quick to come to the fore and defend his striker.
“I just defended and supported him on that as much as I can.”
“On playing, hopefully, he’ll see my belief on him in terms of selection. From the fact he is playing. The fact I want to do extra finishing and shooting with him every day.”
“The finish today for the first one was top drawer. I’ve seen him sky a few of those in training, but you keep going and then you catch one and you score.”
Chelsea will look to build on their lead as they face Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge next week.