Chelsea's new boss, Jose Mourinho, retained his record as never being defeated at Stamford Bridge with a pleasing victory over Hull City in their Premier League season opener on Sunday.
Chelsea overpowered the Tigers with stunning displays from Kevin de Bruyne, Oscar and Eden Hazard in particular.
De Bruyne caught the eye of many spectators as it was the first time they feasted their eyes on the Belgian international acquired from Genk for a fee of £7million.
It seems intriguing that such a talented man would be making his debut a year-and-a-half after he had signed for the side.
The new Blues no.15 produced a confident performance, underlined by the 22-year-old's willingness to have a shot as soon as being presented with the opportunity, but also produced some incisive passes to open up the opposition.
De Bruyne was credited with the assist of the opening goal on 13 minutes scored by attacking midfield partner, Oscar, with a delightful pass through the legs of Hull defender, James Chester.
However, there was more to de Bruyne's debut than a few shots and neat passes; the former Werder Bremen loanee also showed efficient defensive capabilities in the 66 minute run-out which will be seen as encouraging to Mourinho who builds his sides on defensive solidarity.
The Belgian had been linked with moves away from west London with Champions League finalists, Borussia Dortmund, among the European powerhouses interested in taking the £15m-rated man, which were quickly stamped out upon the self-proclaimed 'Special One' returning to Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese decided to keep de Bruyne in his plans after observing him closely in his national side's 2-1 win over Serbia in a World Cup qualifier, in which he got himself on the scoresheet in such a high-profile match.
The man from Drongen produced stunning consistent displays for a poor Werder Bremen side, scoring 10 goals against sides such as Bayern Munich. De Bruyne's ability to deliver on the big stage has left him with quite the reputation to anyone who has watched him closely for the past two years or so.
His productive outing at the Bundesliga outfit has seen him develop a great deal of maturity in his play, which was noticeably not there when his Genk side met Chelsea in the Blues Champions League winning campaign.
Now that he has developed into the player we saw on Sunday, it seems Mourinho is ready to put his faith in the youngster, with the former Real Madrid manager claiming he will be a "key man".
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