Chelsea 2 Hull City 0

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 18 August 2013

Oscar and Frank Lampard made sure that the party reserved for the return of The Special One was not dampened.

Their first half goals, ensured three points against Hull City at Stamford Bridge on the season's opening fixture for the Blues and nothing but good headlines for Jose Mourinho.

With a word or two from Roman Abramovich, emblazoned on the front cover of the match programme thanking the fans for their support during his decade in ownership at SW6, this was a day like no other and the 41,374 who squeezed into Stamford Bridge to witness the return of The Special One were not disappointed.

With a truly amazing reception behind him from the crowd, Jose Mourinho took less than a minute to get his notebook out and start scribbling notes. The Special One is back.

Thankfully for Mourinho, his players were not caught up in the emotion of the afternoon and remembered their, no doubt, detailed match notes.

The general one which they adhered to was to start the game in a very high tempo and deny the visitors space to breath let alone pass the ball.

This they did but it could to be sustained for the full 90 minutes, and while Hull huffed and puffed and had a bit more of the play in the second half, it was never going to be enough to deny Mourinho his first three points back as boss of Chelsea.

Eden Hazard almost scored the first goal when Allan Mc Gregor proved a hero blocking a left footer from the Belgium on four minutes.

Thirty seconds lat and he was villain when he needlessly clipped Fernando Torres who was exiting the penalty area.

Referee Jonathan Moss instantly pointed to the spot.
McGregor became hero again when he chose to dive to his right, anticipating correctly the direction Frank Lampard would arrow his kick.

It was a powerful drive by Lampard, but the Scottish stopper tipped the ball round the right post.

A snatched shot by Oscar after a clever set-up play by Torres 11 minutes in epitomised Chelsea's dominance of possession but also their undue eagerness.

Within a minute they had beached the hull City resistance.

Hazard, on the left cut inside, passed the ball onto the edge of the Hull penalty area to Kevin De Bruyne - his delicate pass went to in-running Oscar who tucked the ball neatly under McGregor's body to register Chelsea's first goal of the new season.

On 14 minutes, Lampard almost made amends for his spot-kick miss by striking a first-time effort which forced McGregor into a fine save.

Lampard tries to get about 20 goals a season and on 25 minutes he showed that he is well on the way. After Torres was upended 30-yard out. Lampard unleashed his trademark screamer which Mc Gregor could only flap at the ball as it arrowed into his top left-hand corner to double the Blues lead.

Right on half-time and McGregor sensationally saved from a powerful Branislav Ivanovic's bullet header. He somehow managed to twice keep the bailout, parrying it first then clawing it away.

There were no changes in personnel at half-time.

But it was Steve Bruce who was first to blink, on 59 minutes, bringing on ex-Spurs players Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore for David Meyler and Danny Graham respectively.

Hull thought they had a penalty on 66 minutes but a shot by Livermore hit Lampard's chest and not his arm as their players suggested.

Jose Mourinho responded by bringing on Andre Schurrle for De Bruyne a minute later
Curtis Davies almost stole a goal for The Tigers on 73 minutes, raising above Gary Cahill to loop his header towards goal.

Petr Cech clutched the ball out of the air to safety.
Mourinho then made his second change replacing Torres with Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku with 15 minutes remaining.

Schurrle tried a delicate chip a minute later which would have sealed victory, but the ball inched wide of Mc Gregor's goal.

The visitors' final substitution found George Boyd enter the fray for Sone Aluko with 12 minutes to go.

Lampard almost repeated his sensational first-half strike as the clock ticked down to 10 minutes remaining, but this time his pile driver was just inches wide.

Marco van Ginkel got seven minutes of action, replacing Oscar.

That was it as far a match play was concerned and the three points were duly wrapped up.
Next up for the Blues is another's league match, brought forward to this Wednesday when Aston Villa, fresh from smacking Arsenal 1-3 at the Emirates on Saturday come visiting.

 

Teams: Chelsea, Cech; Ivan, Cahill, JT (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard; De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard; Torres
Subs: Schwarzer, Essien, Van Ginkel, Schurrle, Mata, Ba, Lukaku

Hull City: McGregor, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Koren, Brady, Aluko, Sagbo, Graham
Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Boyd

Referee Jonathan Moss.

 

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