‘I was annoyed’ – Abraham reflects on ‘low point of his career’ under Tuchel at Chelsea

Lewis Oldham
Roma forward Abraham

Roma forward Tammy Abraham has reflected on the “low point” of his career at Chelsea under their current manager Thomas Tuchel.

The forward progressed through the ranks at Chelsea. He netted 18 goals from his 47 appearances across all competitions in 2019/20.

Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at the start of 2021. The German rarely used Abraham during the latter part of the 2020/21 campaign.

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Abraham departed Chelsea before this season. Jose Mourinho’s Roma splashed out around £34m to sign him.

The 24-year-old has been in sensational form for the Italian side this term, scoring 24 goals from his 46 outings.

Abraham’s Roma face Leicester City in the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League.

Before the first leg on Thursday, Abraham has reflected on his time at Chelsea:

“I was the (joint) highest scorer in the FA Cup (with four goals) and to be told I wasn’t in the squad for the final, you can only imagine how I felt,” Abraham told The Athletic.

“It wasn’t a nice feeling. But I was there to support the boys. I would always do that – good times and bad times – and the same with the Champions League. I just wanted my team to do well and win.

“I’ll admit it was a very low point in my career. It did mess with me mentally for a bit. It got to a point towards the back end of the season where I was stropping, I was annoyed, because I’m working hard in training and I wasn’t getting the chances.

“I was doing the best I could, getting in early and finishing late, training drills, finishing drills, and still wasn’t getting a look in.

“I could understand if I wasn’t in great form or wasn’t training well or had a bad attitude. I just didn’t understand. I was working so hard. I was having players coming up to me saying, ‘You were unbelievable today in training’. That was the hardest part.”

On his relationship with Mourinho, Abraham added: “I’ll never forget Jose’s first few words to me. He said: ‘Do you want to stay in rainy England or come and enjoy some sun in Rome?’

“We laughed and had a good chat. He played a massive part in getting me here. I call him my uncle of Italy.”