Christian Pulisic insists Chelsea will get behind Tammy Abraham after Super Cup penalty miss

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Christian Pulisic said he and his Chelsea team-mates would get behind Tammy Abraham after his Super Cup penalty shootout miss against Liverpool.

Frank Lampard’s reign as Blues boss got off to the worst possible start on Sunday as a second-half capitulation resulted in an embarrassing 4-0 loss at Manchester United.

Chelsea had precious little time to dust themselves down before Wednesday’s Super Cup clash in Istanbul, where they drew 2-2 with Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League winners after extra-time and went to penalties.

Back-up goalkeeper Adrian denied substitute Abraham to seal the Reds’ 5-4 triumph in Turkey, but Pulisic struck an optimistic tone after the defeat and was confident the miss would have no long-term impact on the England Under-21 forward.

“It’s penalties, man – somebody has to miss,” Pulisic said.

“He’s going to get his head up. Obviously it’s tough but penalties are like that. He can deal with it and he’ll be fine.

“He’ll move on, he’ll score a goal in the next game and everything will be forgotten. We’re there for him.”

Pulisic felt it was the second game in a row where Chelsea’s performance had not been rewarded with the right result.

“It was harsh on us,” the United States international said.

“A few things just didn’t go our way, a few decisions and in the end, to lose on penalties, that’s just how it goes.

Abraham's miss was decisive.

Abraham’s miss was decisive.

“But we can be really proud of how we played. I don’t feel that we had a fair result at Old Trafford either.

“We’ve been creating enough chances to win these games and we just have to keep going and keep fighting.”

Pulisic had a goal ruled out for offside after setting up Olivier Giroud’s opener, only for Sadio Mane to level shortly after half-time.

The Senegal international put Liverpool ahead early in extra-time, only for Jorginho to make it 2-2 after Adrian was adjudged to have brought down Abraham in the box.

The striker wasted a great chance to win the Super Cup before the match went to a shootout, where Adrian denied the 21-year-old’s decisive spot-kick.

There does appear to be a real togetherness being fostered by Lampard, whose belief in youth and understanding of the club’s values makes Pulisic confident that a first win is close.

“It’s been great working with him,” the ex-Borussia Dortmund star said.

“We’ve learned a lot so far and I think you can see the team forming. We have a lot of great players which makes it easier. We’re on a good path.

“I felt great.

“To be out there with these guys… they are easy to play with. I’m happy that I can get some more minutes in and move forward with this team.”

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Liverpool’s love affair with Istanbul was furthered as they enjoyed another victorious European night at the venue on Wednesday despite Chelsea’s best efforts.

An enthralling Super Cup was decided 5-4 on penalties in favour of the Champions League winners after the tie was level at 2-2 with extra-time concluded.

Tammy Abraham was the only player to miss from the spot with Adrian saving the 10th penalty of the shootout.

Earlier, Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring via an excellent pass from Christian Pulisic in the first half but Sadio Mane drew Liverpool level early in the second.

The Senagalese then gave his side the lead in extra time but his effort was cancelled by a Jorginho penalty after Abraham was brought down, taking the tie to a shootout where the Europa League winners were second best.

LESSONS LEARNED

Frank Lampard’s tactics at Old Trafford were very much gung-ho but that led to a 4-0 humiliation even if it wasn’t entirely deserved. With silverware on the line and the European champions to battle for it though, the former midfield star was quick to adopt a more pragmatic approach.

N’Golo Kante – who was a doubt through injury – replaced Mason Mount in midfield while Tammy Abraham was benched for the far more experienced Olivier Giroud. A midfield double pivot was replaced by a trio of Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic. The Frenchman provided drive and tenacity while the other two prioritised control – or at least as much as there was on offer.

Overall, the Blues were far more compact and paid Liverpool plenty of respect. Emerson Palmieri largely left the attacking down the left flank to Pulisic, choosing instead to pay close attention to Salah. But Chelsea were far from toothless in attack. In Pedro, Pulisic and Kante, they always threatened in the transition.

Ultimately, the Londoners have the right to feel aggrieved. They matched Liverpool and the result could easily have gone in their favour.

Frank Lampard

FIRMINO TRANSFORMS LIVERPOOL

If there was any doubt over Firmino’s value to Liverpool, the opening minutes of the second half should’ve dispelled it. Barring one effort from Salah, the Reds struggled to create chances from open play in the first half. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked bright early on but drifted out of the game as Chelsea grew into proceedings.

The Englishman was replaced by Firmino at the break and suddenly Liverpool’s forward line had all-important focal point they craved. The transformation was instant as the Merseyside outfit began the second period on the front foot and the reward soon followed.

Firmino latched onto a clever dink over the top from Fabinho and had the awareness to square the ball away from the onrushing Kepa and into Mane’s path to sweep home on the second attempt. The Brazilian was then heavily involved in another couple of good chances soon after. He was a force in extra time as well and again played provider when he beat the offside trap and cut the ball back for Mane to score his second.

Roberto Firmino

ALL ABOUT ADRIAN

It’s been some week for Adrian. The Spaniard was signed in the summer as mere back up for undisputed No1 Alisson Becker with Simon Mignolet returning to Belgium.

Alisson’s injury on the opening day of the Premier League season though handed Adrian a premature appearance for his new club and a few days later, he finds himself at the centre of a thrilling Super Cup victory, lifting his first piece of silverware.

The 32-year-old impressed during the encounter, denying Mateo Kovacic in the first half before saving well from Abraham. However, he also conceded a penalty in extra-time when he brought down the young forward, allowing Jorginho to level the tie.

That led to his crowning moment though. With nine penalties scored out of nine in the shootout, Adrian denied Abraham from the spot to secure the win for Liverpool.

The rest of his Liverpool career has a lot to live up to.

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Liverpool’s love affair with Istanbul was furthered as they enjoyed another victorious European night at the venue on Wednesday despite Chelsea’s best efforts.

An enthralling Super Cup was decided 5-4 on penalties in favour of the Champions League winners after the tie was level at 2-2 with extra-time concluded.

Tammy Abraham was the only player to miss from the spot with Adrian saving the 10th penalty of the shootout.

Earilier, Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring via an excellent pass from Christian Pulisic in the first half but Sadio Mane drew Liverpool level early in the second.

The Senagalese then gave his side the lead in extra time but his effort was cancelled by a Jorginho penalty after Abraham was brought down, taking the tie to a shootout where the Europa League winners were second best.

Here, we rate the performances of Chelsea’s players.

STARTING XI (4-3-3)

Kepa Arrizabalaga 6 – Made a smart save to deny Salah one-on-one before pulling off an extraordinary one to turn Van Dijk’s effort onto the bar. Failed to deny anyone during the shootout despite getting a hand to a couple of efforts.

Cesar Azpilicueta 6 – Read the game well but showed no desire to get up the pitch and attack.

Kurt Zouma 6 – Made numerous clearances and was strong in possession.

Andreas Christensen 6 – Good on the ball and barely put a foot wrong.

Emerson Palmieri 6 – Much more reserved than he was at Old Trafford and to good effect.

Jorginho 7 – Played the midfield metronome well and took both his penalties expertly.

N’Golo Kante 8 – Driving force from midfield, pushing Chelsea forward and even impressing with his forward passes.

Mateo Kovacic 5 – A few good moments but needs to make more of an impact.

Pedro 7 – Was the orchestrator in the final third and crashed an effort off the crossbar. Worked hard and led by example.

Olivier Giroud 7 – Continued his great European form for Chelsea, netting his 12th goal in 16 appearances. Made excellent runs, linked play and slotted his goal away expertly. Tired in the second half and was hooked.

Christian Pulisic 7 – Lively from the start but initially struggled with the physicality of the game. Rose above it though and produced a great assist for Giroud before his own effort was ruled offside.

SUBS

Tammy Abraham (74′) 6 – An eventful display. Denied by Adrian, won a penalty, put a good chance wide and set up Mount for a shot. Missed from the shootout.

Mason Mount (74′) 6 – Showed great drive and industry down the left.

Ross Barkley (101′) N/A – Didn’t really affect the game after coming on.

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