The post-Jose Mourinho era began with a win for Chelsea as they overcame Sam Allardyce's Sunderland 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
There were nervous moments for the Blues but on a whole it was an improved performance from the final weeks of the Portuguese's tenure.
It proved to be a toxic afternoon in west London as Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic were all booed before kick-off and the two Spanish internationals suffered the same treatment when they were substituted.
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Ivanovic, a player who has looked way off the pace all season, scored his first goal of the season with a header after five minutes to ease the tension.
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Pedro doubled the lead eight minutes later before an Oscar penalty in the second half put the game out of Sunderland's reach.
However, the improvement did nothing to cheer up Chelsea fans, in fact, it quite possible increased their frustration. Questions will now be asked about why they failed to produce for Mourinho all season.
And supporters vented their frustration on social media following the victory on Saturday.
The problems between Mourinho and his players were clear to see despite what the Portuguese said.
For Chelsea, it's time to move on and continue to pull away from the relegation zone, however, it could be the end for the aforementioned players given their current relationship with the fans.
Mourinho is a firm favourite with Chelsea supporters and the fans will not forget the actions of these players in a hurry.
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