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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed he has held talks with Tammy Abraham to encourage the striker to keep fighting for his place after falling down the pecking order.
Abraham made 16 Premier League appearances earlier this season under Frank Lampard, but has made just four since Tuchel took charge at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel has preferred the attacking trio of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
“We had some talks to encourage him to never give in, to accept the situation, to not overthink it, to just come back to the situation where the striker must not overthink it,” Tuchel said.
“He just needs to be in the flow and if the team is winning without him then you can feel a little bit excluded.
“But it’s not like this with him so hopefully he can be back now, back in the squad, be totally free and there’s some hard choices and he’s a part of the group.
“It’s been hard for him because he’s never felt fully free, never felt fully painless after this tackle so it was hard for him to really perform on the level that you need to perform in training to convince your coach to leave somebody else out.”