Armando Broja admits first-half struggle in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Preston North End

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Armando Broja opened the scoring for Chelsea, as they beat Preston North End in the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

It was however, not an easy game for the Blues, who had to wait until the second half to really threaten the visitors.

Broja scored the first goal after 58 minutes— towering above everyone else in the Preston 18-yard area to get his head on the end of a powerful cross from Malo Gusto, and give his side the lead, before Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Enzo Fernandez also found the net to make it 4-0.

In a later interview with the BBC, the striker was asked to share his thoughts on the performance of his team, and he said: “Of course, it was a good performance at the end.

“We struggled a little in the first half to get going, they were defending well. Then we made an adjustment and the first goal opened up the game.

“I just tried to get myself into the box. I saw it was an opportunity for them to deliver a cross in and I tried to get my head on it. It wasn’t a bad header!

“At the beginning it was difficult to break them down. They were quite deep and narrow but we made some adjustments and the game opened up. We created more opportunities and played more of our football.

“We’re a very young squad, everyone knows that. We have a completely new team with a lot of young players. We try to bond together and it’s good to build that for many years to come.”