Chelsea 2 Hull City 0 – Blues cruise to victory over Tigers
Jose Mourinho enjoyed a victorious return to Stamford Bridge, with the game over within half an hour.
August 18th, 2013
Chelsea were fast out of the traps and were awarded a penalty after just a few minutes when Allan McGregor fouled Fernando Torres in the box, although the former Rangers keeper made amends by saving Frank Lampard’s spot kick.
However, the Blues were ahead seven minutes later when Oscar ran on to Kevin de Bruyne’s clever pass to break the deadlock, with Frank Lampard making amends for his penalty miss in the 25th minute by rifling home a free-kick.
McGregor then made some classy saves to keep the scoreline at 2-0, with Hull improving after the break, especially after the introduction of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.
Andre Schurrle came on for Chelsea in the 67th minute and the German came close to enjoying a scoring debut as his lob narrowly went over the crossbar, with Mourinho’s side content to play the clock down and claim a facile victory.
Meanwhile, Tottenham also enjoyed an opening victory when winning 1-0 at Crystal Palace thanks to Roberto Soldado’s converted penalty just after half-time.