FA Cup FA Cup: Pochettino Wants Broja To Fill In Jackson Absence

Manager Mauricio Pochettino stated on Friday that Chelsea needs Armando Broja to step up and take Nicolas Jackson’s place, who is now with the Senegal squad at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Pochettino has been battling a number of physical issues, and Christopher Nkunku, a French striker, is still not totally well enough to begin games.

“Armando has the possibility to be more involved as he is one of our main strikers,” Pochettino told reporters ahead of their FA Cup third-round match against second-tier Preston North End.

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“Armando, it’s a possibility to play for him… Christoph (Nkunku) is not going to start tomorrow as he suffered issues during the week, but he is going to be in the squad. We need to be careful with him.”

Pochettino stated that Chelsea, who is currently ranked tenth in the Premier League and not participating in any European competition, is concentrating heavily on winning domestic cups this season.

With 16 appearances in the FA Cup final, the London team has won the trophy eight times. Their most recent defeat came against Liverpool on penalties in 2022.

Additionally, Chelsea has advanced to the League Cup semifinals, where they will take on Middlesbrough.

“The Carabao (League) Cup and the FA Cup are two competitions that we need to try to go further.

But we need to do our run step-by-step. The first step is tomorrow,” Pochettino said.

“Of course, it’s a really important competition for us because we are not involved in the European competitions.

“In the Premier League, we are in a position that we need to grow and improve at if we want to play in the competition.

“Through the FA Cup (and) Carabao Cup, we can achieve to play next season in Europe.

“It’s really important because we had, from the beginning, three competitions and we are still in three competitions. We want to be in the three competitions.”

Pochettino promised not to make too many adjustments in opposition to Preston.

We need to anticipate problems. We take (this game) like a Premier League game, it’s not because it’s the FA Cup,” he said.

With 18 months remaining on Conor Gallagher’s contract, the English midfielder’s future at the club is uncertain, according to Pochettino.

“I cannot guarantee that I am going to be here tomorrow. In football with us, it’s different… It’s between the club and the player, only the player or the club can guarantee,” he said.

With 18 months remaining on Conor Gallagher’s contract, the English midfielder’s future at the club is uncertain, according to Pochettino.


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