The 21-year-old’s fluffed kick cost his side the Super Cup, with Liverpool winning 5-4 in the shoot-out in Istanbul.But rather than hiding himself
The 21-year-old’s fluffed kick cost his side the Super Cup, with Liverpool winning 5-4 in the shoot-out in Istanbul.
But rather than hiding himself away following his failure, Abraham boldly confronted the media and claimed his confidence remains unaffected.
“Will I take the next one? Yeah you know, I’ll keep going,” he said. “I’ve scored a few. Unfortunately I missed one of the most important ones for Chelsea. But keep going.
“They say the top players always miss penalties and it’s about how you react. I’ve just got to keep pushing myself.
“I’m always someone who believes in myself with penalties. I had a few last season and few important ones. Unfortunately today probably one of my most important ones I missed. It’s about how I react and just get my head up.
“The boys have made it feel like nothing has even happened. Even until now, everyone’s had their arms around me.
“They’ve said the best players miss, it’s something to learn from. It’s better it happened now than later on, you grow into a man and learn from it.
“The whole team fills me with confidence. Every training session, before every game, they always lift me.
“They have boys getting into me and trying to drive me for the game and get me up for it.
“It’s a great bunch and now we’ve just got to focus on the game against Leicester.”
Such is Abraham’s determination to look forward that he refused to get drawn into the debate surrounding images that clearly showed Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian had gained an unfair advantage by coming off his line before the vital spot-kick.
“It is what it is,” Abraham said. “If they saw it they saw if they didn’t they didn’t. That’s football at the end of the day.”
Ultimately, it clouded an improved performance by Abraham from the one at Old Trafford, with his arrival as a substitute alongside Mason Mount, 20, instilling Chelsea with the energy and fire that could have won them the trophy before the lottery of penalties.
Abraham says that Lampard’s faith in the younger players continues to give them confidence as they begin their Chelsea career’s in earnest.
“It still hasn’t kicked in yet,” he said. “When you’re given a chance like this you have to give your all for the team and feel like we’re really getting somewhere and things are looking positive.
“A lot of the boys see the way he wants us to play. We tried to play like that in Istanbul. We showed a lot of glimpses of what we can do. We’re a threat.
“We’re good defensively and we can attack. We showed glimpses today, we just have to build, go into the game on Sunday. Hopefully get three points.”
After two defeats, a win would certainly be welcome at a Stamford Bridge ground that was less than hospitable to their own players at various times last season.
“The fans will be behind us,” Abraham said. “We’ve given two good performances and they can see that.”