Premier League - Mourinho's second coming begins with win over Hull

Premier League, Stamford Bridge – Chelsea 2 (Oscar 13', Lampard 25') Hull City 0

Premier League - Mourinho's second coming begins with win over Hull

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrates Frank Lampard's goal (Reuters)

Jose Mourinho started his second spell as Chelsea manager in comfortable fashion as his side beat promoted Hull City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

A blistering opening half hour from Chelsea effectively sealed the points even though Frank Lampard saw a sixth-minute penalty saved by Allan McGregor.

It was Oscar who toe-poked Chelsea in front in the 13th minute but, while the Brazilian stuck it in the net, the goal was made in Belgium, with Eden Hazard feeding debutant Kevin De Bruyne, who then slipped in a perfect ball for the Brazilian.

The advantage was doubled by one of the linchpins of the first Mourinho era as Lampard did better from 35 yards than from 12, hitting a superb dipping free-kick in the 25th minute. It was a stunning strike although McGregor should have done better.

Chelsea took their foot off the gas for the remainder of the contest, with the second half a rather placid affair as Hull lacked the ambition and class to mount a comeback, despite an improved performance that was helped by the introduction of double signings from Spurs, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.

Curtis Davies did get a header on target in the 73rd minute but Chelsea managed to see the match out without any real drama.


PRE-MATCH: Mourinho got a hero's reception from the home fans and handed Kevin De Bruyne his Chelsea debut as a tired Juan Mata was left on the bench. Fernando Torres was picked ahead of Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba to lead the line while Hull gave five new signings debuts.

6' PENALTY MISSED: McGregor gave away a silly penalty by barging into Torres on the edge of the box. However, he made up for it by making a superb save to deny Lampard.

13' GOAL: Chelsea got the goal their blistering start deserved. Hazard started the attack by cutting in from the left, he played it to his Belgian international team-mate De Bruyne who slide in a perfect ball for Oscar to toe-poke past McGregor.

25' GOAL: Lampard got his revenge on McGregor with a wonderful, dipping free-kick. It was 35-yards out but Lampard got all sorts of pace and whip on it. McGregor should have done better and it shouldn’t have been a free-kick in the first place. Still, take nothing away from Lampard's strike.

45+3' THE TECHNOLOGY WORKS: McGregor made a great save from Branislav Ivanovic and there was some doubt whether the ball went over the line. There was no buzz on the fourth official's hand though and Hawkeye showed it never crossed the line.

64' CHELSEA DENIED PENALTY: Robbie Brady appeared to push Branislav Ivanovic inside the box but the referee waved it away.

73' RARE CHANCE FOR HULL: Davies got a strong header on target but it went straight at Petr Cech. If it had gone either side it might have been the goal to get the Tigers back into the match.

TALKING POINT: Do Chelsea need a new striker to win the league? Torres started and had a decent performance but didn't score. Lukaku had limited time off the bench and Ba was not used. Chelsea have magnificent options behind a main striker but somebody who is guaranteed to bang in the goals could be the final piece missing.

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CHELSEA: Cech 6; Ivanovic 6, Cahill 6, Terry 7, Cole 7; Ramires 8, Lampard 8; Oscar 8, Hazard 7, De Bruyne 8; Torres 7. Subs: Van Ginkel N/A, Schurrle 6, Lukaku 6

HULL CITY TIGERS: McGregor 6; Elmohamady 7, Chester 6, Davies 6, Figueroa 6; Meyler 5, Koren 5, Brady 7; Aluko 6, Graham 5, Sagbo 6. Subs: Huddlestone 7, Livermore 7, Boyd 6


Chelsea had 23 attempts on target while Hull had just six.

18 - Frank Lampard has played in his team’s opening game of the season 18 times in the PL era, more than any other player. Perennial. (Opta)

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Frank Lampard joins Alan Shearer as all-time top scorer in opening match days of the Premier League on eight goals. (Infostrada)


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