THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V HULL CITY
Sunday's victory took us to 47 Premier League opening day points, more than any other side since 1992. Here are the key numbers to tell you how it happened…
In a one-sided first half, Chelsea attempted 18 shots to Hull's two, putting six on target.
As Jose Mourinho said afterwards, we found it harder to maintain our dominance in the second period, where each side had five efforts with the visitors having two on target to our none.
Five of Hull's seven efforts were from outside of the box, while 13 of our 23 were inside.
Frank Lampard, playing in a record 18th opening day Premier League fixture (surpassing 17 by Paul Scholes), attempted six shots, with four on target. That includes his saved penalty. The midfielder also completed his first 90 minutes of the summer, having played no more than 45 in any of our pre-season fixtures, or England's friendly win over Scotland in midweek.
Oscar scored with his only shot on target, while Branislav Ivanovic matched the Brazilian's three goal attempts, one of those bringing the first use of goal-line technology at Stamford Bridge after Allan McGregor successfully clawed it away from goal.
Our 86 per cent success rate in our passing begins the season in a healthy manner, with 472 out of 552 passes finding their man.
Hull might have boasted 49 per cent possession, but our 56 per cent territory gives a better idea of the balance of the game, with the home side attempting 164 passes in the final third to the away side's 97 (our figure is comparable to the beginning of last season when we won seven of our first eight league games).
Eden Hazard attempted more passes in the final third, 29, than elsewhere on the pitch, 18, completing 25 and creating six goalscoring opportunities, while Oscar completed 28 from 35 in the danger areas, making three chances for team-mates.
With our three behind the striker, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne and Hazard interchanging positions and playing narrow, there is less emphasis on crossing from wide areas. We attempted only 12 in the 90 minutes, including five corners, while Hull peppered our area with 26, 23 of which found Chelsea defenders.
Over the 90 minutes, Chelsea made 37 clearances, all of them successfully. That is to say possession was either retained or the ball put out of play. Twenty-one of these were headers, with the Blues coming out on top in the air.
Mourinho is now unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in 61 Premier League fixtures.