Jose Mourinho's Chelsea defeated Hull City 2-0 on Sunday to get off to a perfect start to their Premier League campaign.
And they were very impressive in doing so.
In his first competitive match since he began his second stint as Chelsea boss, Mourinho got exactly what he wanted, a comfortable three points.
Renowned as a manager who holds defensive organisation in higher esteem than attacking flair, Mourinho has inherited a squad with an abundance of talent.
From young attacking players like Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Oscar to the English core of Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill, Chelsea are laden with stars.
Questions had started to arise over whether Mourinho would play the same way as when he won back to back Premier League titles during his first spell as Chelsea manager. Football fans were perhaps wondering whether that slightly more defensive style could still be successful in today's Premier League, and if it would be a good idea with all the attacking prowess that Chelsea possess.
Based on Sunday's performance, it looks like Mourinho has adapted his playing style perfectly.
Chelsea got off to an absolutely storming start to the game, instantly pinning Hull back into their own penalty box.
Fernando Torres was fouled by Hull keeper Allan McGregor in the penalty box early on. Frank Lampard stepped up, only to be denied by a great save from McGregor.
Hull's slight reprieve didn't last long however, as lovely interplay between Hazard and de Bruyne ended with a nutmeg pass from the latter through to Oscar, who calmly slotted under McGregor for Chelsea's first goal of the season on the 13 minute mark.
Chelsea kept piling the pressure on Hull by playing exquisite football in and around City's box, with chances falling again to Lampard and de Bruyne.
On the stroke of 25 minutes, Lampard lined up a free-kick before sending a wonderful trademark dipping effort from 35 yards into the top corner.
Hull rallied slightly after going 2-0 down before Chelsea were denied a goal after a magnificent double save on the line by McGregor from Branislav Ivanovic's header. The new goal line technology system played its part in correctly determining the ball didn't cross the line.
After the half, Chelsea eased their foot off the gas and comfortably strolled through the next 45 minutes to a very comfortable 2-0 win to mark Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge with three points.
Mourinho's side showed their wonderful attacking skill and superb passing game in the first half before showing their defensive organisation and ability to see out opponents in the second, where they were functioning on auto-pilot.
If this first game is anything to go by, Mourinho has utilised his squad perfectly to ensure a balance between attacking flair and lockdown defence. Chelsea will be extremely tough to beat this season under Mourinho as they have players who can score goals at will with their intricate forward play and players who can defend sturdily for 90 minute. And all this with one of the best keepers in the world between the sticks in Petr Cech.
The 'Special One' has got a great squad this year and, under his guidance, Chelsea have to be considered strong favorites to once again lift the Premier League trophy in nine months time.
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