Liverpool weren’t the only Premier League team to fall short on matchday 1 of the Champions League season. Chelsea were defeated 1-0 at home by Valencia in their opening game. The Reds were turned over 2-0 in Naples, a scoreline that flattered the hosts. Chelsea’s Ross Barkley missed a late penalty as Napoli scored their own controversial penalty on the other side of Europe. It was an incredibly frustrating night for Tammy Abraham, the young striker has been in prolific form so far this season but had a night to forget at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea play host to Liverpool on Sunday, one of the must watch fixtures of any Premier League season. In the past the clash has seen Liverpool end the Pensioners’ streak of 86 games undefeated at home, a deflected Xabi Alonso shot breaking the hearts of local Londoners.
Speaking to the press after the home defeat in the Champions League, Tammy Abraham said “We’re obviously disappointed. We didn’t play our best football”. In his comments which were recorded by HayterTV, he says that the team will be using their frustration on Sunday, asserting “we can take our anger out against Liverpool.”
A young and brash Chelsea side suits Liverpool. The Reds are incredibly solid defensively, only losing one Premier League game last year. When teams come out and attack Jürgen Klopp’s side, the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are left with space to exploit on the counter.
Abraham continued, “Valencia came and stopped us playing the way we wanted so you have to give them credit”, with Fabinho in excellent form as of late – snuffing out attacks for fun – these comments by the Chelsea striker will provide Kopites with a lot of encouragement.