Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge was a ‘happy one’ as first half goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard saw a comfortable 2-0 win over Hull City ‘Tigers’.
All the pre-match focus was on Mourinho but attention soon turned to the return of football as Chelsea were awarded a penalty after just 5 minutes – Hull keeper, Allan McGregor penalised after clattering into Fernando Torres. But McGregor redeemed himself, saving brilliantly from Lampard’s well struck penalty. The Hull fans thought ‘one of those days’ was on the cards for Chelsea but their hopes were short lived. Debutant Kevin De Bruyne played a wonderful short through ball to the on rushing Oscar, who poked the ball home to give Chelsea the lead after 13 minutes.
The Blues continued to dominate proceedings with Eden Hazard and Oscar providing some beautiful link play and Ivanovic getting forward from right-back. Ten minutes after taking the lead, Chelsea won a free-kick midway through the half. Lampard stepped up a fired a looping strike past McGregor giving Chelsea a 2-0 lead.
The Blues continued to threaten but eased off as the first half went on. Ramires was seemingly lucky to escape a card after what looked like a dangerous tackle from the stands. The second half never really got going with Chelsea happy to let Hull control possession in their own half. When The Blues did get the ball, they were hounded by the Hull players. Despite their second half possession, Hull never really threatened Petr Cech’s goal. And it was another debutant and second half substitute, Andre Schuurle who went closest to a third goal but his chip went just over the bar.
There were also substitute appearances for Romelu Lukaku and Marco van Ginkel as Chelsea comfortably saw out the rest of the game to secure all three points on the opening day of the season. The Blues now host Aston Villa on Wednesday before a trip to Old Trafford on Bank Holiday Monday.