Chelsea eased to a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Hull City Tigers in Jose Mourinho’s first match back in charge at Stamford Bridge.
First-half goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard did the trick, and a subdued second half performance from the Blues brought back memories of the Mourinho era mach I – when Chelsea would close out home leads with consummate ease.
Hull rarely threatened, and Chelsea handed home Premier League debuts to Kevin De Bruyne and then Andre Schurrle and Marco Van Ginkel from the substitutes bench.
Mourinho opted to retain several of his former charges for his first Premier League match back in west London – John Terry, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech were all handed starts while Juan Mata took his place on the bench after midweek excursions for Spain in South America.
And Lampard missed a golden opportunity to open the scoring after just five minutes, as his penalty was saved by Allan McGregor.
The Hull City keeper was at fault initially, bundling over Fernando Torres when the Spaniard was going away from goal. But he stepped up to deny Lampard – usually reliable from 12 yards.
That merely delayed the inevitable though, and Chelsea continued to pile forward. It was De Bruyne who unlocked the door, guiding a keyhole pass through to Oscar and the Brazilian slid the ball home past the onrushing McGregor after 13 minutes.
And Lampard got on the score-sheet less than a quarter of an hour later – blasting a 25-yard free-kick over the Hull wall to double Chelsea’s lead mid-way through the first half.
And the Blues looked good value as Torres linked up neatly with De Bruyne, Oscar and the lively Eden Hazard.
Chelsea eased off the gas in the second half, and in truth were rarely pushed by Steve Bruce’s Tigers. But the newly promoted side have positives to take from the game – despite falling behind they refused to capitulate and passed the ball around nicely at times without ever really testing Cech.
The Blues face Aston Villa at home again on Wednesday night – a good chance to get off to the perfect league start under the former-Real Madrid boss – before they face the first examination of their title credentials at Old Trafford against Manchester United on August 26.
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