Armando Broja acknowledges and appreciates Mauricio Pochettino’s candid remarks about him
Chelsea striker Armando Broja has responded to some honest words from his manager Mauricio Pochettino this weekend.
The Blues had just beaten Preston North End 4-0 at Stamford Bridge, and Broja was one of the goalscorers.
The Albanian international has been asked to step up as the main man up top in the absence of Nicolas Jackson, who is currently away playing at AFCON.
Broja has a real chance now to stake a claim for his place and play regular football as Pochettino’s centre forward.
The goal will do him good, but he’s certainly not yet been lighting it up for Chelsea this season. You can see he’s become annoyed with himself at times, and Pochettino has noticed and pulled him up on his negative body language and says that is something that he needs to change if he wants to turn things around at Chelsea.
As reported by The Evening Standard, says his striker must “smile more” and give off more positive body language – and Broja agrees. He said: “I’ve had many conversations with the manager.
“I felt I was going through quite a difficult period coming back from my injury. Being out of the team for so long and not being involved, you could say I felt down with everything that was going on.”
“Once I came back, I was feeling much more like myself. I still feel like there is much more to come from me. And, as the gaffer says, I can get my body language more positive.
“I am a bit harsh on myself at times. That’s because I expect a lot from myself and I know what I am capable of. The manager is just trying to take that weight off my shoulders and loosen myself up that little bit.
“I’m trying to take that advice on board because he has been helping me every day. I just need to smile more and be a bit more positive.”