London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Frank Lampard and Oscar scored as Chelsea welcomed returning manager Jose Mourinho with a 2-0 win over Hull City in Sunday’s Premier League showdown at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was denied the first goal when Allan McGregor saved his early penalty in the 6th minute but Chelsea grabbed the lead when Oscar completed a flowing move with a poked finish in the 13th minute.
The host team doubled its lead when Lampard smashed home a free-kick in the 25th minute to make a winner out of Mourinho in his second stint with Chelsea, whom he earlier managed from 2004 to 2007.
Before the game, Mourinho said that he will quit his job if he fails to win a trophy for Chelsea.
“I’m not the person to be in a club three or four years without winning a trophy,” he said. “In this case I wouldn’t need the club to say ‘we’re not happy with you, goodbye’. I’d be the first one to say ‘I gave everything I could but I didn’t succeed, let’s go and try a different thing’.”
Meanwhile, newcomer Roberto Soldado scored on his debut to secure an opening day 1-0 victory for Tottenham Hotspur against Crystal Palace.
The Spanish striker made no mistake from the penalty spot in the 50th minute, sending Julian Speroni the wrong way to claim his first competitive goal in a Spurs shirt and give Andre Villas-Boas’ side the perfect start to the season.
“It was a good performance. There’s always a surprise factor to Palace because of the amount of signings that they have brought [in] and the fact that we don’t know them as well as the other teams so I’m extremely happy with the performance,” Villas-Boas said.
Aside from Soldado, Villas-Boas also inserted two of his other new signings — Nacer Chadli and Paulinho — in the starting line-up while Etienne Capoue had to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench.