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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has hailed the rise of Chelsea’s academy stars this season after they traded Championship football last season for Champions League football this season.
Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James all started against Lille on Wednesday night.
Abraham also thanked Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for giving the club’s youngsters a chance.
“Me, Fikayo, Mason and Reece were talking before the game about last season, we were all in the Championship,” said Abraham, who scored his first Champions League goal in the win at Lille.
“Reece was fighting against relegation, and now we’re in the Champions League, which has always been a dream.
“And to get that first goal is incredible.
“It was an unbelievable feeling – and it’s just the start.
“We’ve always believed one day we could be in the first team and we’ve made it happen.
“It’s credit to the manager and the staff for giving us the chance.
“It’s just the beginning and I think we’ll get better and better.”