Jose Mourinho was given a hero’s welcome and three points in the first game of his second tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win over newly promoted Hull on Sunday, with goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard sealing victory for the hosts.
The Blues impressed in the first half before fading slightly in the second 45. Here are five things that the fixture has taught us.
Chelsea are real title contenders
Although the hosts took their foot off the pedal slightly in the second half, their first-half performance shows that they have more than enough quality in their ranks to challenge the Manchester clubs for the title this season.
The brand of football the west London side played was scintillating at times and they will be a tough opponent for the rest of the division this term.
No-one is guaranteed a starting place
The depth of Chelsea’s squad is there for all to see – just look at the players that were on the home side’s bench on Sunday.
Juan Mata, who was arguably the club’s best player last term, sat on the bench due to not being completely match fit, while youngster Kevin De Bruyne was given his chance.
Mourinho proved at Real Madrid that he did not invest in player reputations by dropping Iker Casillas and no one is guaranteed a starting place at Chelsea this term.
Frank Lampard is no fading force
Despite missing an early penalty, the England international put in an excellent performance, worthy of the man-of-the-match accolade.
To think that he may have left the club in the summer seems ludicrous after Sunday’s showing, and the veteran is still an important man for the Blues.
Fernando to be given another chance
Mourinho opted to play Fernando Torres ahead of returning strike sensation Romelu Lukaku on Sunday, hinting that the Spaniard will be given another chance to get back to his best.
The Belgian youngster was very impressive on loan to West Brom last season and has the attributes to be a star for Chelsea.
However, the Spain international looks set to be backed by Mourinho, and showed some touches in the first half to suggest that a more-positive campaign could be on the way personally.
Hull are in trouble
Although they had one of the toughest matches on the fixture list to contend with straight off the bat, Hull will now realise the magnitude of their task at hand.
With Cardiff and Crystal Palace also losing in their first games in the top flight, all three newly promoted sides will need to improve if they are to avoid a descent straight back to the Championship.
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