Chelsea's Mauricio Pochettino Urges Clinical Finishing
Chelsea's Mauricio Pochettino Calls for More Clinical Finishing Despite Squad Challenges
Chelsea's manager, Mauricio Pochettino, expressed his concern about his team's inability to find the back of the net despite performing well in other aspects of the game. Despite being one of Europe's biggest spenders during the transfer window, Chelsea currently sits in 14th place in the Premier League, having scored only five goals in five games.
Pochettino acknowledged that the squad's performance might not reflect their current league position, especially since they have 12 players sidelined due to injuries. He emphasized the need for clinical finishing and converting chances into goals, stating, "That is the most important thing."
While Chelsea ranks well in various statistical categories, they struggle in front of goal, and this inefficiency has cost them valuable points. Pochettino expressed his disappointment, noting that many teams with fewer resources manage to score more frequently. He believes the players deserve better results and stressed the importance of persevering and continuing to play their style of football.
Chelsea's absence from European competition this season has given them more time for recovery and training, which Pochettino sees as a positive. He mentioned that they've had a productive week and that the circumstances, while challenging for the fans, provide an opportunity for improvement.
Regarding the squad's status, Pochettino mentioned that record signing Moises Caicedo is back in training after recovering from a knee injury but will be assessed further on Saturday. Additionally, Marc Cucurella has overcome a fever.
Pochettino also addressed the return of 22-year-old forward Armando Broja, who had been sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. He cautioned against expecting too much from Broja too soon, emphasizing that the team as a whole must take responsibility for scoring goals, rather than relying solely on one player.