Thursday, December 2, 2021

Jose Mourinho Has Taught Me To Be Aggressive – Tammy Abraham

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Roma striker Tammy Abraham believes Jose Mourinho has turned him into a “monster” and a more aggressive player.

Abraham left Chelsea to move to the Italian capital in the summer and has hit five goals so far this season.

A dip in form for Roma has coincided with a barren spell for Abraham, with just one goal in his last eight games.

But the 24-year-old’s decision to leave the Premier League continues to be vindicated at international level – with Abraham involved in England’s win over Albania on Friday.

Asked what Mourinho had taught him at the Stadio Olimpico so far, Abraham replied:

“Just be a monster really!

“I think one of the things he said was I was too much of a nice player and that you have to show that aggressiveness as you’re getting older as a striker.

“It’s not always about being nice on the pitch. You need that character, you need that presence to frighten defenders and I think that’s something I’m learning and getting better at.

“It’s always tough, moving and going to experience a different country and different culture.

“I felt the sooner I settled in the better, and started learning different types of football and different styles. I’ve gone to spread my wings and hopefully I can keep up the level of performances I need to stay in the team.

“Of course (the World Cup) was in the back of my mind but really I just wanted to play football. For me, it’s still a young career and I just felt I needed to go out and play some games to improve and hit the highest levels and hopefully I can keep striving on.”

Tobiloba Ayinde

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