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Stamford Bridge

Sun 18 Aug 2013 16:00 (Attendance: 41,374)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V HULL CITY

The season starts here…and raring to go for the nine months ahead, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton load up on facts and figures…


TALKING POINTS
It was 108 years ago in the Chelsea FC Chronicle Frederick Parker heralded London's new football team with the words: 'They're off!' The first league visitors to Stamford Bridge were the same Hull we welcome on Sunday. Here's hoping for a similar result - 5-1 to the hosts.

It was many years before Chelsea's players had a lion badge on their chests but Hull's owners have recently elevated 'Tigers' from nickname to international brand. So perhaps the old riddle about who wins the fights when Tigers encounter lions has a new answer - the usual one is that as the beasts live in different continents they never meet.

Chelsea, as every young Blue knows, have doubled our pride of mascots with Bridget the Lioness joining Stamford the Lion on matchdays this season. (By the way, there's little chance of a royal blue cub story as they're just good friends.)

KEY STAT
Jose Mourinho has the best win percentage of any of the 14 Chelsea managers who have been in charge for more than 100 games.


Hull's promotion as runners-up brings them into Chelsea's territory for the first time since the first match of 2009/10 at the Bridge. It is fair to say that among home supporters this is now one of the most eagerly awaited games. We had the Special One a few years before that 2-1 victory; this will be special too.

The squad has been judiciously resculpted over the summer and it was already a successful one bursting with the promise of more to come. Following the heroics in Amsterdam the Blues are one of just four clubs who have won all the major UEFA trophies and stand alone among English clubs in that respect.

The second coming of the most successful manager in our history - and the first to return - has increased expectations. Yet Jose Mourinho is sensible to take the heat out of the hope. The recruits and returnees of close season 2013 are not the off-the-peg stars of 2004; their headlines remain largely in the future. What survives from the first Mourinho era is a core of his champions and a winning mentality. The Portuguese's challenge is to mould his group into title challengers.

He attempts that in a transformed Premier League. Gone after a quarter century is Sir Alex Ferguson and his influence. Across Manchester the more free-spirited Manuel Pellegrini has succeeded defence-minded Roberto Mancini. Liverpool have a Mourinho acolyte, Brendan Rodgers, at the helm.

In fact the winning coaches in the French, German and Spanish leagues, as well as Champions League, Europa League (obviously), FA Cup and League Cup all left their clubs in the close season. Arsene Wenger, though, still holds what Jose previously dubbed the easiest job in football.

KEY TWEET
What is your favourite memory of Jose Mourinho's first spell in charge of Chelsea?  #CFCPMB

Sunday's opposition boss will be familiar though. In a small moment of symmetry, present Hull boss Steve Bruce was the first to host Mourinho's Chelsea in 2004. Back then, having watched his Birmingham City side lose out to a late-ish goal from substitute Joe Cole, he was mightily impressed.

'They have got to be contenders,' said the former Manchester United skipper. 'They have catapulted themselves up there in the space of 12 months. Mr Abramovich wants to win the title and win everything in sight and when you look at the array of talent they have got it is quite staggering.

'But it will not be easy to buy a team that can beat Arsenal and Manchester United. They have been building their squads for the best part of 10 years. I think Jose Mourinho knew before he walked into the job at Chelsea that he has to win the league. He seems confident enough to take it on.'

Bruce and Mourinho

Previously, as manager of Huddersfield, Brum, Wigan and Sunderland Bruce has only tasted victory twice in 20 matches against the Blues. On top of that, the Tigers have not won a point away from home on the opening day since 2001.

They nearly fluffed their promotion lines last season, failing to win any of their last four matches. But Bruce is a canny operator and has wheeled and dealt sensibly these last few months, culminating in the record fee signature of wardrobe-like central midfielder Tom Huddlestone from Spurs.

Chelsea have struggled to break down obdurate, park-the-bus opponents in recent years and Mourinho has had just a short while to instil his methodology. The first team line-up, albeit compromised by the travails of international match travel, will be fascinating. The transfer window remains open till 2 September.

Supporters might note a couple of innovations this season. Hawk-Eye's goal decision system is in use for the first time, detecting when a ball has crossed a goalline through the use of mapping software and multiple cameras.

The images produced are currently barred from stadium and TV screens and there is no cricket DRS-style human intervention - the computers make the decisions and alert officials via a strap-on sensor. The system will not be called upon during Champions League matches at Stamford Bridge as UEFA has not ratified the technology.

The FA has also relaxed rules on retrospective punishment, allowing more 'not seen incidents' to be reviewed by its ominous-sounding Governance Department. Only 'unseen, off the ball' incidents such as elbowing, punching, spitting (or biting) will be reviewed, however, rather than excessive tackles that were clocked but went unpunished.

 

Win Percentages of Chelsea Managers 1905-2013 (100+ matches) Games Win %
1 José Mourinho 185 67.0
2 Carlo Ancelotti 109 61.4
3 Claudio Raneiri 199 53.7
4 Gianluca Vialli 143 53.1
5 Bobby Campbell 163 47.2
6 Tommy Docherty 303 46.8
7 Dave Sexton 371 44.2
8 John Neal 203 41.3
9 David Calderhead 966 39.8
10 John Hollins 147 38.0
11 Ted Drake 426 36.6
12 Leslie Knighton 269 34.2
13 Glenn Hoddle 157 33.7
14 Billy Birrell 293 33.1

 

Chelsea have won 10 of the last 11 opening day games and 12 of the last 14. 2011's goalless draw at Stoke and the 1-1 draw against Newcastle in 2001 were the only occasions we failed to win all three points.

Since the formation of the Premier League the Blues have managed 13 wins, three defeats and five draws over the first weekend. Our last defeat was at Highfield Road in 1998 when Coventry City beat us 2-1.

Chelsea and Aston Villa are the only teams scheduled to play next midweek (Wednesday 21 August) as a result of Chelsea's involvement in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday 30 August.


Barclays Premier League fixtures
Saturday
Liverpool v Stoke 12.45pm - BT Sport
Arsenal v Aston Villa 3pm
Norwich v Everton 3pm
Sunderland v Fulham 3pm
West Brom v Southampton 3pm
West Ham v Cardiff 3pm
Swansea v Manchester Utd 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Sunday
Crystal Palace v Tottenham 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Chelsea v Hull 4pm - Sky Sports
Monday
Manchester City v Newcastle 8pm - Sky Sports


Last season's Barclays Premier League top eight
Pld Gd Pts
1 Man Utd 38 43 89
2 Man City 38 32 78
3 Chelsea 38 36 75
4 Arsenal 38 35 73
5 Tottenham 38 20 72
6 Everton 38 15 63
7 Liverpool 38 28 61
8 West Brom 38 -4 49


Last season's Championship top eight
Pld Gd Pts
1 Cardiff 46 27 87
2 Hull 46 9 79
3 Watford 46 27 77
4 Brighton 46 26 75
5 Crystal Palace 46 11 72
6 Leicester 46 23 68
7 Bolton 46 8 68
8 Nott'm Forest 46 4 67


 

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V HULL CITY - PART TWO

TACTICAL BRIEF
In 2004 Jose Mourinho's first Chelsea side clicked when he switched the formation from a 4-diamond-2 to an 'open diamond' or 4-3-3. In pre-season this summer it already appeared he has decided to harness the present talented and mostly young team in a more flexible system based on a 4-2-3-1 line-up, with the '2' occasionally becoming one in pursuit of goals.

The team sets up differently depending on whether or not it has possession too. Like all Mourinho sides it will fight tenaciously from the front to win the ball back from opponents; this has not always been demanded in recent seasons.

The addition of galloping midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Marco van Ginkel provides flexibility and should allow Chelsea to be even swifter in counter-attack than last season's model.

The Portuguese likes his full-backs to do their defensive duties first, so new man Andre Schurrle will join the likes of Victor Moses and Juan Mata in the important role adding width. A right-footer, the pacy German likes to cut inside from the left and has a fierce shot; there is some suggestion Jose sees similar prospects for Mata down the right.

Chelsea have been reinforced upfront too. Returning after his on-loan accolades at West Brom, powerhouse striker Romelu Lukaku has been very impressive in the pre-season matches.

Romelu-Lukaku - Chelsea


The new blood augments an already exciting attacking side, though Mourinho has admitted he lacks a clever, touch striker, hence the interest in Wayne Rooney. It will also be interesting to see which of the many candidates ends up as Jose's preferred maestro behind the strikers. That no.10 role is pivotal - the mirror image of the deep-lying central midfielder - and Mata, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard as well as Oscar could lay claim to it.

Any selections must also be put into the context of international matches played this week and the proximity of the opening two Premier League games. No manager is more diligent than Chelsea's prodigal son.

Much of Mourinho's method revolves around developing pairings all over the pitch and home fans should see the first fruits on Sunday and against Villa on Wednesday.

Steve Bruce has used 3-5-2 and 4-4-2 systems at Hull but also appears to have settled on a flexible 4-3-3 system that provides the defence to smother without the ball and the personnel to flood forward when in possession.

New recruit Tom Huddlestone makes sense as a midfield anchor. He can bring power, passing and positional discipline to the crucial central role on his own. However Chelsea's quicksilver advanced midfielders might exploit his lack of mobility.

Prior to last weekend Hull had found goals in pre-season hard to come by. Then they easily defeated a lack-lustre Real Betis 3-0 with a starting 11 most likely to resemble the line-up this weekend, with the addition of Huddleston.

Bruce fielded a mobile and hard-working front three of Danny Graham, Sone Aluko (whose sister Eni is a Chelsea Ladies and England star) and Yannick Sagbo.

There is creativity behind them in Robert Koren and Robbie Brady, who is a threat at set plays.

Striker Graham still has something to prove after being let go by Sunderland. His last goal came for Swansea against Chelsea in the League Cup in January, and a big money move to the Stadium of Light did not work out.

Bruce felt he needed more experience at the back and signed Birmingham's central defender Curtis Davies, also returning to former club Wigan to snap up old flame Maynor Figueroa.

 

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V HULL CITY - PART TWO

WE HAVE HISTORY
Our first ever competitive game at Stamford Bridge was against Hull in September 1905. Chelsea won 5-1 in front of 6,000 supporters, with Jimmy Windridge registering the club's earliest hat-trick.

The Tigers have never won at Stamford Bridge. In 15 previous league visits here they have managed three goalless draws and 12 defeats, only scoring three goals. We have met four times at home in the FA Cup, winning and drawing two.

Hull's last win against Chelsea was at Boothferry Park (3-0) in October 1988 in the old Second Division. One of the most memorable meetings at the Bridge was at the close of the 1976/77 season. Already promoted, Eddie McCreadie's bustling young Chelsea, two seasons in the second tier, enjoyed a carnival atmosphere and a four-goal romp over John Kaye's Tigers.

1977

There were numerous pitch invasions by over-exuberant young fans. One extended incident almost provoked an abandonment, which would have scrubbed off Steve 'Jock' Finnieston's hat-trick, as well as the Ian Britton goal that provoked it. Chelsea unfortunately dispensed with McCreadie's services that summer.

Hull were the first visitors to the Fulham Road at the start of 2009/10. Chelsea's first double-winning season, under Carlo Ancelotti, began with a first-half goal out of the blue from the much-disliked Stephen Hunt. It took a single-handed display from Didier Drogba to turn the game around: his late second goal, a fantastic finish from an acute angle, deserved to win any match.

The last 10 games against Hull at Stamford Bridge in all competitions
1927/28 Chelsea won 2-0 Old Division 2
1928/29 Drew 0-0 Old Division 2
1929/30 Chelsea won 3-0 Old Division 2
1965/66 Drew 2-2 FA Cup quarter-final
1975/76 Drew 0-0 Old Division 2
1976/77 Chelsea won 4-0 Old Division 2
1981/82 Drew 0-0 FA Cup 3rd round
1988/89 Chelsea won 2-1 Old Division 2
2008/09 Drew 0-0 Premier League
2009/10 Chelsea won 2-1 Premier League

PMB

Chelsea v Hull City in all competitions
Games played 40
Chelsea wins 26
Hull wins 4
Draws 10


Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 15
Chelsea wins 12
Hull wins 0
Draws 3

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 5-1 Hull 11/09/1905
Hull have never won a league match at Stamford Bridge.


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea won a trophy: 95
Hull won away on the opening day: 4,390
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,011
Liverpool won the league: 8,506

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V HULL CITY

CHELSEA STATS
Jose Mourinho remains undefeated as Chelsea manager in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
Games: 60
Won: 46
Drawn: 14
Lost: 0
Goals for: 123
Goals against: 28
Points 152/180
Win ratio: 77 per cent


Chelsea have won 12 and drawn three of our last 15 at the Bridge, since our last defeat to Swansea in the League Cup semi-final on 9 January.

Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League in 10 games, winning 20 points from the last 24.

Chelsea have lost just three of the last 73 games against newly promoted teams, in 12 and a half years. We have won 57 of those matches.


Last season's Premier League stats
Most starts: Petr Cech 36, Branislav Ivanovic 33, Ashley Cole, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata 31
Most goals: Frank Lampard 15 (5 pens), Juan Mata 12, Eden Hazard 9

Pre-Season
Jul 17 Singha All Stars (Bangkok) W 1-0
Jul 21 Malaysia XI (Kuala Lumpur) W 4-1
Jul 25 BNI Indonesia All Stars (Jakarta) W 8-1
Aug 1 Inter Milan (Indianapolis) W 2-0
Aug 4 AC Milan (New Jersey) W 2-0
Aug 7 Real Madrid (Miami) L 1-3
Aug 10 Roma (Washington DC) W 2-1


Pre-season scorers (20)
Lukaku 5 (1 pen), Ramires 3, De Bruyne 2, Hazard 2 (1 pen), Traore 2, Ba 1, Lampard 1, Moses 1, Oscar 1, Schurrle 1, Terry 1.


League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 1
A home defeat: 9

Chelsea's next three games
Wed 21 Aug Aston Villa home 7.45pm
Mon 26 Aug Manchester United away 8pm
Fri 30 Aug Bayern Munich (UEFA Super Cup) Prague 7.45pm



MILESTONES
If he features, Frank Lampard will be making a record 18th appearance in an opening day Premier League fixture. He has played the first match in 17 consecutive seasons, dating back to his first full campaign as a West Ham player in 1996/97.

If selected, Eden Hazard will make his 50th start for the Blues.


HULL STATS
Formed
1904

Major trophies
None

Hull were formed in 1904 and never played in the top flight until 2008.

Last season they were runners-up in the Championship behind champions Cardiff City.

Hull scored 61 goals in 46 league matches last term, an average of 1.32 goals per game, which was fewer than any other team in the top 12.

Their defence was the fourth best in the division conceding an average of 1.13 goals per game (52). They had the best record of points lost (10) when drawing or winning.

Hull's away record in their two previous Premier League seasons is 27 points from a possible 114.


Last season's Hull stats in the Championship
Most starts: James Chester 43, Ahmed Elmohamady and Stephen Quinn 41
Most goals: Robert Koren 9, Sone Aluko 8, Jay Simpson 6


Manager Steve Bruce
Days in charge: 424
Played 51
Won 25
Drawn 9
Lost 17


Hull's last 10 year league history
Pts Pos Division Level
2003/04 88 2nd Division Three 4
2004/05 86 2nd League One 3
2005/06 52 18th Championship 2
2006/07 49 21st Championship 2
2007/08 75 3rd Championship 2
2008/09 35 17th Premier League 1
2009/10 30 19th Premier League 1
2010/11 65 11th Championship 2
2011/12 68 8th Championship 2
2012/13 79 2nd Championship 2

On Friday 9 October 1998 Hull lost 2-1 at home to Cardiff and remained bottom of the fourth tier and 92nd in the Football League with seven points from 12 games. Fifteen years on, Hull are starting their third season in the Premier League.

Pre-Season
Jul 15 North Ferriby United (a) W 3-1
Jul 20 Sheffield Wed (Portugal) D 0-0
Jul 23 Braga (Portugal) D 0-0
Jul 27 Birmingham (a) L 1-2
Jul 29 Peterborough (a) W 1-0
Aug 3 Dynamo Dresden (a) W 1-0
Aug 6 Eintract Braunschweig (a) L 0-2
Aug 10 Real Betis (h) W 3-0

Pre-season scorers (9)
Aluko 2 (1 pen), Boyd 1, Figueroa 1, Graham 1, Rosenior 1, Proschwitz 1, Quinn 1, Sagbo 1.


Line up against Real Betis
McGregor, Elmohamady (Rosenior 73), Chester (McShane 73), Davies, Figueroa (Dudgeon 73), Koren (Boyd 73), Meyler (Bruce 73), Brady (Dawson 88), Aluko (Fryatt 73), Graham (McLean 80), Sagbo (Proshwitz 80).


League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 9
An away defeat: 0


SUMMER MOVES
Chelsea
Ins
Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen, undisclosed), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem, undisclosed), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, free), Cristian Cuevas (O'Higgins, undisclosed), Stipe Perica (NK Zadar, undisclosed)
Outs Amin Affane (released, now Energie Cottbus), Yossi Benayoun (released), Aziz Deen-Conteh (released), Paulo Ferreira (released), Florent Malouda (released, now Trabzonspor), Archange Nkumu (released), Ross Turnbull (released, now Doncaster), Jeffrey Bruma (PSV, undisclosed), George Saville (Brentford, loan), Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid, loan), Todd Kane (Blackburn, loan), Marko Marin (Sevilla, loan), Patrick Bamford (MK Dons, loan), Billy Clifford (Yeovil, loan), Oriol Romeu (Valencia, loan), Milan Lalkovic (Walsall, loan), Danny Pappoe (Colchester, loan), Sam Walker (Colchester, loan), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Gael Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem, loan), Matej Delac (FK Vojvodina, loan), Jhon Pirez (Leganes, loan), Lucas Piazon (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Wallace (Inter Milan, loan).

Hull
Ins
George Boyd (Peterborough, free), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan, free), Curtis Davies (Birmingham, £2.25m), Ahmed Elmohamady (Sunderland, £2m), Allan McGregor (Besiktas, £1.5m), Steve Harper (Newcastle, free), Danny Graham (Sunderland, loan), Yannick Sagbo (Evian, undisclosed), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham, undisclosed), Jake Livermore (Tottenham, loan).
Outs Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth, free), Danny East (Portsmouth, free), Seyi Olofinjana (released), Jay Simpson (released), Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe, free), Mark Oxley (Oldham, loan), Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest, loan), Tom Cairney (Blackburn, loan), Corry Evans (Blackburn, undisclosed), Jamie Devitt (Chesterfield, free), Mark Cullen (Luton, free), Paul McKenna (released),


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Jon Moss is refereeing for the first time at Stamford Bridge. His three previous Chelsea games were all away last season at Norwich (1-0), Brentford in the FA Cup 2-2) and the Premier League game at Southampton (1-2). His previous Hull City game was a 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

 

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Chelsea v Hull City

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 15
    Kevin De Bruyne Substitution
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution

Substitutions

  • 18
    Romelu Lukaku Substitution
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle Substitution
  • 19
    Demba Ba
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 5
    Michael Essien
  • 16
    Marco van Ginkel Substitution
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
Shots on Target
5
2
Shots off Target
17
5
Corners
5
1
Fouls
7
16
Most fouls
Ivanovic
Elmohamady
2
3
Yellow Cards
1
Red Cards

Hull City

  • 1
    Allan McGregor
  • 27
    Ahmed Elmohamady
  • 5
    James Chester
  • 6
    Curtis Davies
  • 3
    Maynor Figueroa
  • 10
    Robert Koren
  • 7
    Substitution David Meyler
  • 11
    Robbie Brady
  • 24
    Substitution Sone Aluko
  • 9
    Substitution Danny Graham
  • 20
    Yannick Sagbo

Substitutions

  • 4
    Alex Bruce
  • 17
    Substitution George Boyd
  • 8
    Substitution Tom Huddlestone
  • 14
    Substitution Jake Livermore
  • 2
    Liam Rosenior
  • 22
    Steve Harper
  • 15
    Paul McShane

CHELSEA v HULL CITY - 18/08/13

Chelsea vs Hull City Football Club Highlights

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Match Highlights from Stamford Bridge
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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 2 HULL CITY 0

Summary
A comfortable win kicked off the season with the damage to newly promoted Hull done during a bright first half.

Oscar scored our first goal of the campaign followed by a stunning free-kick from Frank Lampard, atoning in style for an early saved penalty.

Our all-time record scorer went close again later in the game and good goalkeeping prevented a bigger win, as did greater resistance from the visitors after the break.

Jose Mourinho handed three players their first Chelsea competitive games, Kevin De Bruyne making a full debut and Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel introduced in the second half.

Team news
Mourinho opted for Fernando Torres to lead the attack. De Bruyne began on the right of the three attacking supporting players, with Oscar in the centre and Eden Hazard on the left.

Fernando Torres in action against Hull

Terry captained from the back with Gary Cahill alongside him. David Luiz was out injured. Branislav Ivanovic was chosen at right-back in preference to Cesar Azpilicueta who had travelled to Ecuador and back with Spain midweek. Juan Mata was passed fit enough to make the bench.

Hull's recent signings from Spurs, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, were on the bench but there was room for five players brought in during the summer in Steve Bruce's starting selection.

First half
The Bridge was buzzing at kick-off - plenty of the noise naturally for Jose Mourinho who emerged from the tunnel to a roar that sounded like a goal had been scored. The manager responded by blowing kisses to the crowd.

Terry kept the feelgood factor going by stepping in front of Hull debutant Danny Graham to win his first challenge, and Hazard was awarded a free-kick when pushed over on his first run. De Bruyne struck the opening shot of the match - and cleared the bar.

Hazard had a fourth-minute shot blocked by Allan McGregor just seconds before the Hull keeper truly took centre stage, both giving away and then saving the early penalty. His offence was to catch Torres in the face with his arm when rushing out from his goalmouth. His save was low down to his right as Lampard's shot was not far enough in the corner.

The wait for the first goal of our season continued as Hazard, found by De Bruyne, didn't catch his shot and then Oscar dragged an effort wide. It was 0-0 with 10 minutes gone but Chelsea were putting plenty of pressure on the Shed End goal.

Hull resilience broke two minutes later. A high ball towards the corner by Terry was collected by Hazard who used his power and low centre of gravity to drive infield. De Bruyne showed quick feet and vision to push the ball onto Oscar who finished low and first time. It was quick, incisive, penetrating football.

Oscar scores against Hull

The Chelsea attack was hitting top gear and a sublime interchange between Oscar and Hazard led to Lampard drawing a diving save from McGregor.

On that occasion the Scotland international had the inches to deal with it. He didn't on 22 minutes when Lampard made it 2-0 with a free-kick any keeper would have struggled with. Torres was fouled 30 yards out and from a central position, our record scorer struck one that swerved and dipped before crashing into the net. It was not too far short of the quality of Lampard's FA Cup semi-final free-kick against Spurs.

Frank Lampard scores aginst Hull

These Hull Tigers continued to look pretty toothless for the rest of the half while Chelsea could have added to our lead had Ivanovic been able head Oscar's pass into the path of the well-positioned Torres. On the stroke of half-time, Lampard had another shot saved by the keeper after Torres had turned a pass through the Hull backline, and then McGregor performed wonders to keep out Ivanovic's header at a corner. This season's new technology was called into action, another Stamford Bridge debut on the day, and it showed the ball was saved on rather than over the live.

Second half
Despite not testing McGregor, the Blues continued to dominate proceedings in the first 15 minutes after the restart so Hull made a double substitution. It was their August signings from Tottenham who came on - Huddlestone replacing Meyler and Livermore on for Graham, with Yannick Sagbo moving from the wing to centre-forward.

John Terry heads clear against Hull

There was a good case for a second penalty of the afternoon when Ivanovic appeared to be shoved over by Robbie Brady but a goal-kick was awarded instead, that incident coming during a spell when the visitors made Chelsea defend. Cech had saved a low dig from their skipper Robert Koren and Lampard blocked an effort at a corner.

On 66 minutes, Andre Schurrle made his Chelsea debut as a replacement for De Bruyne who had shown his powerful shooting is likely to be a feature of the season ahead.

On 72 minutes, Hull went their closest to scoring - centre-back Curtis Davies heading crisply on-target with Cech needing to save well.

The first-half freshness in Chelsea's attacking play had dimmed a little since the break and Mourinho brought on Romelu Lukaku for Torres with quarter of an hour left to play. Moments later Schurrle could have scored but his lob over the keeper also just cleared the bar, Ramires having measured a first-time pass into the German's path.

Lampard then went very close again with another free-kick from long range. A Huddlestone free-kick at the other end soon after didn't compare.

In the closing stages Van Ginkel made it three Chelsea debuts on the day and played in an advanced role behind Lukaku.

Comprehensive victories at the Bridge were a feature of the first Mourinho era, and the second one has begun that way.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c) Cole; Ramires, Lampard; De Bruyne (Schurrle 66), Oscar (Van Ginkel 84), Hazard; Torres (Lukaku 75).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Essien, Mata, Ba,.
Scorers Oscar 12, Lampard 22.

Hull (4-3-3): McGregor; Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Figueroa; Koren (c), Meyler (Huddlestone 58), Brady; Aluko (Boyd 78), Graham (Livermore 58), Sagbo.
Unused subs Harper, Rosenior, McShane, Bruce.
Booked Meyler 39

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 41,374.

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Chelsea magazine, the official monthly publication of Chelsea Football Club, is now available to download digitally for Android and iOS tablets, as well as Android mobile devices. Packed full of exclusive features, it is a must read for any discerning Blues fan. You can buy the latest issue of the magazine now for just £2.99.

Regular features in the magazine for 2013/14 include:

  • Jose Mourinho answering a selection of fans' question in every issue
  • Exclusive players feature with stunning behind-the-scenes images courtesy of the club's official photographer
  • The Games That Made Me Q&A with first-team squad members
  • Celebrity fan interviews
  • Bespoke historical features, catching up with former favourites and reminiscing on classic matches
  • Guest columnist Sebastian Coe
  • Detailed round-up of all the month's matches and full news summary
  • Academy player profile and summary of all the youth-team, reserve and Chelsea Ladies action
  • Shed End section devoted to the fans

Single Issues = £2.99
Annual subscription = £29.99 (only available on iOS)

Android >> click here to download this month's magazine  or search "CFC Magazine" in Google Play

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*Offer ends 28 February 2014.

Matchday Programme

PSG - 8/4/14 - MOURINHO

We begin this second leg knowing exactly what we need to do to progress...

PSG - 8/4/14 - JT

These are the big games, the big nights we all dreamed of as kids growing up, and we need big performances all round tonight if we are to go through...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - MOURINHO

We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...

GALATASARAY- 18/3/14 - JT

Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...

GALATASARAY - 18/3/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - MOURINHO

At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - MOURINHO

Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - JT

Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...

WEST HAM UNITED - 29/01/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - MOURINHO

Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...

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