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Tammy Abraham believes Chelsea have it in them to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for this season’s Premier League.

Life under Frank Lampard hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts for Chelsea, with two defeats in as many games.

This included a humbling 4-0 thrashing at Manchester United last weekend for their Premier League opener. However, things did pick up in Wednesday’s Super Cup final despite Liverpool inflicting another loss on the Blues.

Chelsea had, in fact, dominated the first-half in Istanbul and deservedly took the lead through Olivier Giroud’s clinical finish. N’Golo Kante and new guy Christian Pulisic’s impressive performances also gave fans another reason to be hopeful for this season.

Therefore, Abraham thinks that the team are beginning to adapt to Lampard’s methods and is already thinking of a title challenge.

Considering Chelsea finished 26 points behind champions City last term, however, the 21-year-old is aware that victory against Leicester City on Sunday is crucial if they are to catch Pep Guardiola’s men.

“A lot of the boys see the way he wants us to play and we tried to play like that against Liverpool. We showed glimpses of what we can do,” said Abraham, according to The Guardian.

“We’re a threat, we’re good defensively and we can attack. We just have to build on it. The whole team fills me with confidence.

“Every training session, before every game, they always lift me. I just have to push on this season and, hopefully, we can be up there to fight for the title.

“We would have liked to win the final and at United but it is still early doors. There is still a long season ahead and we are still in big competitions as well. It’s about how we react now. The points on Sunday will be massive for us.”

Abraham impressed greatly during his loan spell with Championship side Aston Villa last season, where he scored 26 goals in 40 appearances.

In light of Chelsea’s transfer ban, Lampard has retained the talented youngster for his debut campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Although things have somewhat got off to a rocky start for Abraham after defenders Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof subdued him during Chelsea’s defeat to United last Sunday. He then missed the decisive spot-kick in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup loss.

“I’m always someone who believes in myself in penalties,” said the two-time England international.

“I had a few last season and a few important ones. Unfortunately, I missed one of the most important ones for Chelsea. It’s about how I react and just get my head up.

“The boys have made it feel like nothing has even happened. Everyone had their arms around me. They’ve said the best players miss, it’s something to learn from. It’s better it happened now than later on. You grow into a man and learn from it.”

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – AUGUST 14: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea misses a chance during the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)