Champions League

Abraham would love to face Barcelona

Tammy Abraham (PA Images)
Tammy Abraham (PA Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham believes the west London outfit are ready to take on anyone in the Champions League, including La Liga giants Barcelona.

Abraham notched his 13th Chelsea goal in all competitions this term in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Lille which secured the Blues' progression from Group H.

And the 22-year-old England striker insists Frank Lampard's developing side will not fear any opponents in the knockout stages of Europe's top competition.

"This is exciting, very exciting - for us, we're never ones to back down from a challenge," said Abraham.

"We want to play against the best teams in the world and play in the best stadiums in the world, so for us, it is exciting times. No fear.

"We're ready for anyone. I would love it if it is playing at the Nou Camp or somewhere I've never played before.

"From our first game in the competition, we realised how big it was.

"It's a massive achievement for us to be through to the last 16.

"And it means the world to me, it's a dream come true to have watched the Champions League as a young kid growing up and now to be playing in it myself.

"But now it's also about knuckling down and focusing on the Premier League until the new year."

Chelsea lost their first Group H game 1-0 at home to Valencia, leaving Lampard's men facing a battle to reach the knockout stages.

A 2-2 draw at Valencia last month left the Blues seeking victory over Lille to guarantee progression to the last 16 and Abraham and captain Cesar Azpilicueta bagged the goals to seal the deal.

- TeamTalk Media