Chelsea v Hull player ratings

A blistering first-half display helped Chelsea get Jose Mourinho’s second spell as manager off to a winning start. Here’s how we rated the players in their 2-0 victory against Hull at Stamford Bridge.

Petr Cech: 6
Didn’t put a foot wrong, but barely had the chance to. Must have been bored rigid in the first half.

Branislav Ivanovic: 7
Steady. Decent in possession and willing in attack. Supported well and should probably have won a penalty in the second half when he was bundled over in the box.

John Terry: 8
An excellent return. Commanding from the outset, he also looked sharp, trim and fit. Showed great organisational skills, excellent decision-making, won all his headers and used the ball well.

Gary Cahill: 7
Appeared happy to play second fiddle to Terry, which just shows his maturity and adaptability. Unflappable.

Ashley Cole: 7
Quiet. Positional sense as impressive as ever and it has to be as he could be exposed by out and out pace if left one on one.

Ramires: 7
Won some crunching tackles, broke up play superbly and provided the platform for the other four midfielders to play.

Frank Lampard: 8
Glorious free-kick and unlucky not to score on two other occasions. Not his greatest penalty, but that was the only downside to a fine disciplined display. Given he has missed much of the pre-season, his fitness is phenomenal.

Oscar: 9
Chelsea’s best player. Outstanding with and without the ball in the first half. Combined athleticism with quality, scored a fine goal and found space with ease before fading in the second half.

Eden Hazard: 8
Like Oscar was hugely influential before the interval but looked jaded afterwards. Was strong in possession and sensible with his distribution. Squandered a couple of decent goalscoring opportunities.

Kevin De Bruyne: 8
A wonderful debut. Laid on Oscar’s opener, showed some glorious touches, neat tricks, the ability to beat a man and also pinged a couple of delightful long-range passes. Impressive.

Fernando Torres: 7
Won the free-kick for the opener and although he barely had a sniff of goal, he played a vital role in holding up the play, occupying defenders and creating space for the midfield trio.

Andre Schurrle: 6
Encouraging. Very unfortunate not to score with one chipped effort and brought much-needed freshness to the side after coming on.

Romelu Lukaku: 7
Made a good impression in a very short space of time. A real handful and his pace and power offers all options.



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