Mauricio Pochettino has called on Chelsea to be ‘clinical in front of goal’ ahead of this weekend’s fixture with Aston Villa.
Chelsea have won just one of their opening five games of the Premier League season and have failed to score in their last two fixtures against Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth.
The Blues have scored just five goals so far this season, despite ranking among the Premier League’s top teams for chances created, and Pochettino has warned Chelsea they must be more clinical around goal.
“We need to win, we need to keep going, playing well. We need to be more clinical in front of goal and convert chances into goals,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference.
“That is the most important thing because in all the data we are in top four but after in front of goal we are in the bottom and that is why we don’t have the points that we deserve. Football is about winning games.”
Pochettino’s options have been improved following the return of forward Armando Broja to first-team training.
The 21-year-old has missed nine months of action after he sustained a serious knee injury last December and Pochettino is keen to avoid putting pressure on the Albania international to end Chelsea’s goal issues.
“Broja arrives and maybe will be involved at the weekend but it’s after nine months of not competing. We cannot put responsibility on him. The responsibility must be on the team and the collective effort. We cannot expect Broja will score with every single touch, he needs to feel the competition.”