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Some Chelsea fans believed Tammy Abraham wasn’t good enough to play for the Blues in the start of the season, with the striker also racially abused by some few shameful fans after missing the decisive penalty in the Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.
Abraham has admitted it was his lowest moment in his football career as he had to face all this while he waited for his first Chelsea goal.
Abraham admits he ended up doubting his own ability.
“The season before at Villa, I had only missed one out of eight or nine so I had confidence,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“I remember walking up and the pressure got to me, nobody had missed up to that point so I knew I had to score.
“I had what I wanted to do in my head but I changed my mind when I was taking the run-up. Afterwards in the changing room, everyone came round me saying ‘don’t worry, it happens to the best players’ but at the time I just didn’t want to hear it. I wanted everyone to leave me alone, I was in tears.
“I lost a lot of confidence after that. I was doing well on my loans but when I came back to Chelsea, it just wasn’t working – I couldn’t get my first goal, I couldn’t do anything. In my head I was wondering if it was worth all the stress because I was getting abused on Twitter, a lot of racist comments, people saying I wasn’t good enough to be playing for Chelsea. It was the biggest down in anything I’ve done in football.”
Abraham finally scored his first and second Chelsea goals against Norwich, 10 days after his penalty miss against Liverpool.