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Dribbling less than the goalkeeper, striker of Chelsea disappoints Pochettino.

Mauricio Pochettino-Chelsea may consider replacing his forward in the next match following his recent performance.

After a disappointing performance against Manchester United, Chelsea faced a 0-2 defeat at Goodison Park over the weekend, where Abdoulaye Doucoure opened the scoring just after halftime. Despite Chelsea’s increased dominance after conceding, they struggled to create clear opportunities. Everton’s young player, Lewis Dobbin, coming off the bench, added another goal, securing Mauricio Pochettino’s team’s defeat and placing Chelsea in 12th position in the Premier League standings.

In the first half, Chelsea had superior ball possession, controlling 71%. Everton posed minimal attacking threats before the break. Chelsea had several chances to score, attempting 5 shots on target and earning 5 corner kicks.

Pochettino, hoping for a turnaround, may have expected his halftime talk to inspire the team to secure 3 points. However, Chelsea found themselves trailing in the second half. Everton, under Sean Dyche’s management, adopted their usual defensive formation to maintain their lead, while Chelsea sought to stretch their opponent’s defense. Despite controlling the ball even more in the second half, with 73%, Chelsea had no option but to push their players forward.

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Broja was virtually invisible against Everton

Chelsea cannot be faulted for a lack of effort, as they managed 16 shots. However, they struggled to create significant chances, reflected in their total expected goals (xG) of 0.93. Most of the creativity relied on 21-year-old Cole Palmer, making it easy for Everton’s defense.

After Nicolas Jackson’s poor performance, Pochettino gave a rare opportunity to Albanian forward Armando Broja to lead the attack. However, the aggressiveness of defenders Jarrad Branthwaite and James Tarkowski seemed to overshadow the 22-year-old forward, who completed only 5 passes throughout the match, indicating minimal involvement. Broja appeared isolated, emphasized by goalkeeper Sanchez having more touches than him.

Broja touched the ball only 16 times against Everton, attempted one shot, made two unsuccessful dribble attempts, won only 1 out of 7 aerial duels, and lost possession 7 times. Starting Broja from the beginning might be questionable, especially with Jackson and Raheem Sterling on the bench. However, it would be unfair to assess Broja solely based on this match, as he lacked fitness and confidence, having been sidelined for 274 days in the previous season due to injury and playing only 223 minutes in the current season.

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