Jose Mourinho demands ex-Chelsea man Tammy Abraham get nasty in Italy

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Tammy Abraham says Jose Mourinho is teaching him ‘to be a monster’ in Italy.

The England striker opted to uproot for Mourinho’s Serie A side AS Roma in the summer after becoming an outcast at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel.

And that £34million move is paying dividends just now as Abraham is back in the Three Lions fold, having scored five times for his new club in all competitions.

Quizzed on exactly what the Special One has taught him, Abraham, 24, revealed: “Just be a monster really!

“One of the things he said was I was too much of a nice player – that you have to show aggressiveness as you get 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.

“That something I’m learning and getting better at.”

To profit as a hitman in Italy is notoriously hard against some of the meanest defences in football. That took Abraham some getting used to.

The ex-Blues forward said: “One thing I didn’t expect was it to be so tough. Players are very smart and defending is very important in the Italian style.

“In England we’re so used to attack, attack, attack. For me, it’s about learning the other way, how to break down them teams. It’s part of the learning curve and developing myself.”

Abraham failed to score as a second half substitute in the 5-0 win over Albania on Friday but was delighted that hat-trick hero, Harry Kane was back banging in the goals.

Ahead of England's final group qualifier, away to San Marino on Monday, he added: "It just shows he’s world class. Everyone was so pleased for him.

"Hopefully in the next game there will be goals and maybe I can be on the pitch to get a few."

  • Jose Mourinho
  • England Football Team
  • AS Roma FC

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