Lampard backs Tammy despite crucial penalty miss in Super Cup loss

Lampard backs Tammy despite crucial penalty miss in Super Cup loss

CHELSEA MANAGER FRANK Lampard has offered his support to Nigeria-born English forward Tammy Abraham after the young striker’s penalty miss against Liverpool proved decisive on Wednesday.

After the first nine players converted their penalties in a shootout in the UEFA Super Cup, Abraham saw his spot-kick saved by Adrian to seal the trophy for Liverpool.

Lampard was not phased after seeing Abraham miss the crucial penalty, insisting that moments like those are part of being a top-level player.

“Tammy needs to keep his head up,” Lampard told BT Sport. ”That’s part and parcel of being a top player. You want to take the fifth penalty but you might miss it.”

The first-year Chelsea boss was proud of his side’s performance in a 2-2 draw over 120 minutes in Istanbul, a major improvement after the Blues fell 4-0 to Manchester United in their Premier League opener on Sunday.

“They showed their personality. It was a tough, tough game against a fantastic Liverpool team,” Lampard said.

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