ENGLAND - Chelsea 2 Hull City 0
This was a happy homecoming for one of management's most successful wanderers.
Jose Mourinho's record is excellent everywhere but it is exceptional at Stamford Bridge and his second spell as Chelsea manager began predictably but encouragingly.
In 61 Premier League games on Chelsea's home turf, he has never lost. Victory against Hull was both a formality and a statement of intent, sealed with 25 minutes of impressive efficiency.
Chelsea started at a canter, blew their promoted opponents away and then cruised through the second half.
In many respects, it was just like old days, with the Chelsea crowd serenading Mourinho while his team made light work of limited opponents.
The nostalgia trip even extended to the identity of one of the scorers. Frank Lampard was one of three survivors of Mourinho's original Chelsea debut to start.
Though he squandered the chance to score the first goal of the manager's second coming by missing a penalty, the midfielder was on the scoresheet.
Instead, the honour of netting the opener fell to Oscar, part of a younger generation the Portuguese will have to nurture. His strike came from a combination of the three flair players.