FA Cup Feast! Chelsea Devour Preston – Back to North End for the Lilywhites After Stamford Bridge Blitz

FA Cup Feast! Chelsea Devour Preston - Back to North End for the Lilywhites After Stamford Bridge Blitz

A dominant second-half performance saw Chelsea cruise to a 4-0 victory over Preston North End in their FA Cup third-round tie at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.FA Cup Feast! Chelsea Devour Preston - Back to North End for the Lilywhites After Stamford Bridge Blitz

Armando Broja, Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Enzo Fernandez all scored for the Blues, who showed their class after a sluggish start, Footballrover reports.

Preston made a determined start to the game and frustrated Chelsea in the opening stages.

The championship side sat deep and compact, making it difficult for the Blues to create chances.

However, Chelsea eventually broke the deadlock in the 58th minute when Broja headed home from a Malo Gusto cross.

Thiago Silva, who had only just come on as a substitute, doubled Chelsea’s lead five minutes later with a powerful header from a corner.

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Sterling then put the game beyond doubt with a curling free-kick in the 75th minute. Fernandez added a fourth goal in injury time to complete the rout.

Second-Half Surge

This was a convincing performance from Chelsea, who were much improved in the second half after a slow start.

Broja celebrating his goal against Preston

Broja Celebrating his goal against Preston

Broja, Silva, and Sterling were all excellent, while Fernandez showed glimpses of his quality on his debut.

Preston will be disappointed with the result, but they can take heart from their performance in the first half.

The Championship side made Chelsea work hard for their win and showed that they are not to be underestimated.

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What does this mean for Chelsea?

This win will give Chelsea a much-needed confidence boost after their recent dip in form.

The Blues have now won their last two games and will be hoping to build on this momentum in the coming weeks.

Chelsea’s next game is against Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday.

Thiago Silva celebrating his goal against Preston

Thiago Silva celebrating his goal against Preston

This will be a tough test for the Blues, but they will be full of confidence after their FA Cup win.

Preston’s Next Steps

Preston will be looking to bounce back from this defeat when they return to championship action next weekend.

The Lilywhites face Birmingham City at Deepdale on Saturday.

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Preston will be hoping to put this FA Cup exit behind them and focus on their promotion push.

The Championship side is currently 12th in the table, six points behind the play-off places.

FA Cup Feast! Chelsea Devour Preston - Back to North End for the Lilywhites After Stamford Bridge Blitz

Raheem Sterling with a brilliant freekick

This was a comfortable win for Chelsea in the end, but they will need to improve if they are to challenge for the major trophies this season.

Preston, on the other hand, can take heart from their performance in the first half and will be hoping to build on that in the coming weeks.

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