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Tammy Abraham scored Chelsea’s opener in the 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, and the academy product is proving that he can be the hero at Stamford Bridge this season.
The Chelsea No. 9 jersey was tagged as a cursed jersey at the club as strikers have failed to perform in the No. 9 shirt for close to two decades running, but Tammy Abraham is changing all that as he’s banging the goals in for Chelsea on consistent basis.
The 22-year-old scored the opener for Chelsea shortly after the restart, as Frank Lampard’s side failed to score in the first half against Crystal Palace. Abraham admitted he was happy with the three points while admitting that Chelsea weren’t at their best against Palace, and he is also pleased with how well he has done wearing the No. 9 jersey for Chelsea.
“It wasn’t our best game today, you can see that”, said Abraham. “The most important thing was that we got the three points. At half-time the manager said we need to stay focused as the chances will come and we came out in the second half much better and got the two goals.
“Crystal Palace are a good side. They defend well as a team and in the first half, they frustrated our style of play. Second half we believed and we didn’t change our style of play, we just wanted to play attacking football and we got the two goals.
“The No.9’s who have been at Chelsea have been world-class strikers and it was a big task for me to take on but I was ready, I felt ready in myself and I’m wearing it and I’m proud to be the No.9.”
Abraham’s goal against Crystal Palace is his 10th Premier League goal of the season and he is one short of Jamie Vardy of Leicester City who is the league’s top goalscorer.