RelatedPosts Abraham: Playing against Lewandowski great for me Tammy Abraham snubs new Chelsea deal Tammy Abraham Chelsea future in doubt Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has described the dramatic loss of confidence he suffered after being subject to racist abuse at the start of the season.Abraham was handed the no.9 shirt as Frank Lampard put his trust in academy graduates to make an impact on the Chelsea senior side, the striker fresh from a successful campaign on loan with Aston Villa the season before. The 22-year-old made his first start of the season on the opening day as Manchester United ran out 4-0 winners at Old Trafford then, three days later, missed a penalty in the Uefa Super Cup shootout loss to Liverpool as Chelsea left Istanbul empty-handed.Abraham has revealed how the miss left him in tears after the game before racist abuse destroyed his confidence, citing it as the lowest point of his career to date.“The season before at Villa, I had only missed one out of eight or nine so I had confidence,” Abraham told the club website. “I remember walking up and the pressure got to me, nobody had missed up to that point so I knew I had to score.“I had what I wanted to do in my head but I changed my mind when I was taking the run-up. Afterwards in the changing room, everyone came round me saying ‘don’t worry, it happens to the best players’ but at the time I just didn’t want to hear it. I wanted everyone to leave me alone, I was in tears.“I lost a lot of confidence after that. I was doing well on my loans but when I came back to Chelsea, it just wasn’t working – I couldn’t get my first goal, I couldn’t do anything. “In my head I was wondering if it was worth all the stress because I was getting abused on Twitter, a lot of racist comments, people saying I wasn’t good enough to be playing for Chelsea. It was the biggest down in anything I’ve done in football.”Lampard continued to show faith in the young striker, who had denied his Derby County side promotion while winning the play-offs with Villa just months prior.Abraham came off the bench against Leicester, before starting at Norwich where he bagged a brace – his first goals of the season.He would do the same at home to Sheffield United before a hat-trick at Wolves, restoring his confidence and helping him score 15 goals before the season was paused.“In my head, I knew that if I didn’t score [against Norwich] then it could be my last starting chance gone,” he said. “When I scored, the emotions just got to me. I ran over to the manager and I was thinking ‘I’ve just scored my first goal for Chelsea!“That’s when the confidence started to come back. I scored the winner in that game as well so from there the confidence came back gradually. The Chelsea fans started to believe in me and I could kick on.“As a striker, you need to believe in yourself and have that confidence. Being Chelsea’s number nine, you’ve got big boots to fill so I need to believe that I’m the man, that I can score and do well for the team. You need that feeling going into every game.”Tags: Loss of ConfidenceRacial AbuseTammy Abraham
In front of the Notre Dame goal, JoJo Marasco spun relentlessly to try and get free. With two Fighting Irish defenders hounding him down the right alley, Marasco sprinted toward the goal line.There, he spun back once more and found Stephen Keogh. End of sentence.‘When given the opportunity, Stephen Keogh is automatic at finishing,’ said Zach Babo, a staff writer for Inside Lacrosse, in a phone interview. ‘… Keogh is the end-of-the-sentence kind of guy. He is going to finish what the rest of the offense is going to generate.’Keogh’s goal against the Irish represented a new wrinkle in No. 1 SU’s offensive scheme that has propelled the team to four straight wins. Ever since attack Tim Desko injured his knee against Princeton, Tom Palasek has played — and played very well — in his spot. It has allowed the Orange (13-1, 5-0 Big East) to adjust its lineup so that it has a dominant dodger on either side of the goal on offense. Palasek has commanded the attack from behind the goal for the most part, while Marasco has thrived in front of it as the fourth attack or a midfielder.Babo called Palasek and Marasco ‘quarterbacks’ of the Syracuse attack. And the ability to have one of them running the offense from behind the goal and the other out front has invigorated a once-dreary Orange attack.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has averaged more than 12 goals per game in its four wins since losing to then-No. 5 Cornell on April 12.‘You kind of have that dodging, great-vision quarterback above the cage and that dodging, great-vision quarterback behind the cage,’ Babo said.‘It’s a very difficult thing to defend for defenses because they have two different guys that can feed them the ball.’Marasco and Palasek have thrived as distributors of late and added a punch to head coach John Desko’s offense. During Syracuse’s four-game winning streak, the pair has handed out 11 assists combined.Three of those 11 have gone to Keogh, whose production has improved with the additional playmaker in the lineup. He netted four goals Saturday in SU’s 11-8 upset of then-No. 1 Notre Dame — a performance that drew praise from Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan.‘I think he hurt us when we didn’t slide off of him, and I think he hurt us when we did,’ Corrigan said. ‘That’s a pretty good player right there.’In addition to superior field vision, Palasek and Marasco bring speed to the Syracuse lineup. Against a Notre Dame defensive unit that boasted an average height of 6-foot-3 among its starters, their quickness posed problems. Something illustrated in Marasco’s ability to shed two Irish defenders and find Keogh streaking toward the crease for the catch-and-shoot goal.In all, Marasco and Palasek played a hand in five of the Orange’s 11 goals. In a 12-2 win over Rutgers on April 23, they were involved in eight of 12.‘I feel like when we’re moving and our spacing is right, the speed really helps us out,’ Palasek said. ‘So if we can play fast out there, it’s tough for any guy out on the field to stay with us.’It’s a duo that Babo feels could hold the key to SU’s postseason chances, especially considering the type of player that Keogh is. The senior from Canada is much more likely to move off the ball and get open for a shot than he is to create one for himself. So if Marasco and Palasek can continue to orchestrate the offense at a high level, the Orange’s success will continue, too.‘(Keogh’s) production is so much an end result of the way the rest of Syracuse is clicking on a given day,’ Babo said.And in a game that was thought to be a defensive struggle between two of the stingiest units in the country, Syracuse’s ability to click and make plays was the difference. The Orange attack used its agility and lateral quickness to find the creases in the Notre Dame defense and exploit the Irish for 11 goals — two more than the unit had given up in a single game this season coming into the weekend.And the front-back combination of Marasco and Palasek, respectively, was one big reason.‘I thought our middies had some good looks down low,’ Desko said. ‘And then when they started covering us up down low, we were able to move the ball back up top.‘I thought we were moving off the ball, and anytime you’re moving like that it’s harder to cover people off the ball.’email@example.com Published on May 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
Disappointingly, the 2019-2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball team is not ranked amongst the top 25 teams in the country in the AP preseason poll. While this revelation is certainly a bummer, it’s not all that large of a surprise to those who follow the team closely.Ethan Happ, despite the fact that he didn’t have the developed talent necessary to go straight to the NBA, was the cornerstone of the team. Last season, Happ scored a grand total of 589 points — 196 points more than the next-highest scorer on the team, D’Mitrik Trice.Basketball: A day in the life of a UW basketball hopefulThree minutes. That’s essentially what about 50 guys went through hell and back for last Wednesday night when they flooded Read…This total of 596 points averaged out to 17.3 points per game, nearly six points more than, you guessed it, the second highest scorer Trice. On offense, the absence of Happ will be a massive blow to the Badgers and, while Trice is next in line to take up the mantle of offensive leader, he’ll have to massively up his production to fill that role.In fact, this is true for the rest of the Badger squad, as no clear scoring leader stepped up as a dominant offensive force during Happ’s final season. With all of these factors, can you blame the AP poll for leaving the Badgers out of the top 25 rankings?Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin searches for new identity post-HappThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team ended last season disappointingly in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, losing Read…With just one stand out recruit arriving in Madison for the 2019-2020 season, three star small forward Tyler Wahl, it’s unlikely that an unexpected leader will arise from the ranks of untested competitors.On paper, there is not much to look up to for this season, the head of the team departed without leaving a clear successor to take his place and no fresh face can bring his level of contribution. Even with this being the case, the Badgers have often been one to surprise their detractors and make them eat their words.Men’s Basketball: Changing of the Gard, Carlson and Crowl bring massive talent boostTwin Cities native Ben Carlson verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team Wednesday afternoon. In-state recruiting has Read…If the Badgers were to have a down year as predicted by the AP poll, things still look bright in the future. Their 2020 recruiting class includes four star power forward Ben Carlson as well as a highly-ranked three star combo guard Johnny Davis. On top of this, there is a non-zero chance that Wisconsin will land five-star small forward Ziaire Williams.This is just a small list of the recruits that Wisconsin has landed for their class of 2020. Even if the AP poll is right in believing that the Badgers won’t have an immediate replacement for Happ’s prowess, their future looks bright.