Tammy Abraham reveals what the Chelsea youngsters learnt from the loss to Valencia

Rodrig scores at Stamford Bridge to win the game for Valencia. Photo: Reuters

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Despite the dominance against Valencia in the first leg at Stamford Bridge back in September, the Blues still lost to the visiting team as a 74th minute Rodrigo strike sealed the win for the away side.

That game was a special moment for the likes of Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount who were all starting their first Champions League game.

The three youngsters were in the Championship last season and making the step up to the Champions League was a surreal moment for them.

Speaking ahead of the game at the Mestalla Stadium, Abraham has revealed that the defeat to Valencia was a learning process for the youngsters.

“Before the Valencia game it was myself, Mason and Fikayo warming up together and it didn’t feel real then,” Abraham said. “We were all in the Champions League together, hearing the music and we all said to each other we were in the Championship the season before so it’s a dream come true for us.

“The little details cost us the game but from then we’ve had to learn and develop our game in different areas. This is an important competition for us so tomorrow is a massive game. We just have to go out there focused and leave it all on the pitch.

“It’s just time for work now. Once you’re on the pitch and you hear the music you just have to be focused. You have to let that childhood dream go for a minute and just focus on the game.

“For many of us it’s a dream come true so we don’t want that dream to stop now. We want to keep going, keep pushing and keep doing the best we can.”

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