Premier League favourites Chelsea began their title bid with a hugely convincing display against new boys Burnley at Turf Moor.
The Clarets did take the lead early on through a Scott Arfield effort, but they were quickly pegged back when Diego Costa smashed home his first goal in English football.
Then it was one way traffic from then on. Andre Schurrle got on the end of a wonderful Cesc Fabregas assist to put the Blues in front and then Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-1 to the visitors before the break.
And that’s how it remained as Chelsea stepped off the gas in the second half. Burnley gave it their all and will be proud of their efforts, with enough about them to suggest they’ll have better luck against mid-table opposition.
Chelsea, though, were superb in the first half. Certainly title favourites.
So here are the best bits from Chelsea’s impressive start to the new campaign…
All the talk in the build up to this game was about Chelsea and the way Jose Mourinho has spent wisely this summer on the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.
But it was the new boys who took an unlikely lead when Scott Arfield smash home to send Turf Moor in to raptures.
— Tyler Hewey (@t_hews) August 18, 2014
Mr Arfield of Burnley… You are in the bad books!! How dare you score a goal…
— Leanne Kerley (@LK7789) August 18, 2014
Just what the neutrals wanted! 1-0 Burnley. Arfield. Lovely goal.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) August 18, 2014
What a goal by Arfield… Goal of the season so far?
— Uveen Panday (@UveenPanday) August 18, 2014
Much had been made of Diego Costa’s £32m transfer fee to Chelsea, with some predicting he’d flop in the Premier League.
But it took him just 21 minutes to net his first Premier League goal for Chelsea as Burnley were pegged back almost instantly.
Cech would’ve saved Arfield’s goal & Torres would’ve missed Costa’s.
— ēłłā (@ella_lows) August 18, 2014
17th minute for his first goal… You can see why he Costa lot
— uzair (@MsgUzi) August 18, 2014
Torres took 4 MONTHS to score his first Chelsea goal! Costa took 15 MINUTES! #TheDifference
— Futbol Agent (@Futbol_Agent_) August 18, 2014
— Swarley (@_RobertTimmins) August 18, 2014
Costa joins a long list of great and not so great goal scoring Chelsea debutants. COME ON CHELSEA!!
— Darren (@PaterAmore) August 18, 2014
Costa scored one goal and now he’ll be top scorer? Chelsea fans haven’t seen a decent striker in a long time
— a (@TheMataTouch) August 18, 2014
Rooney, Aguero, Sturridge and Costa scored in their first game, where’s Giroud’s goal? Pending.
— Rach (@___rachAFC) August 18, 2014
Fabregas enjoyed a superb Chelsea debut and, despite it only being the opening weekend of the season, it’ll take some doing to better his assist for Schurrle to tap in for Chelsea’s second.
It really was something special. It’s like he never left the Premier League.
Mascherano reacts to Fabregas’ assist. https://t.co/MemwBJR65b
— Rashad (@Mourinholic) August 18, 2014
Fabregas is a genius. Bossing this game and has already made the assist of the season, what a signing
— Keith Watkins (@Keith_Watkins10) August 18, 2014
Cesc fabregas had the most insane assist
— Nick Babler (@nick_babler21) August 18, 2014
that fabregas assist for schurrle. drop me out
— Dream Mclean (@DreamMclean) August 18, 2014
So far, Arsenal must be regretting not signing Cesc Fàbregas. Splendid assist, by the Spaniard.
— Nasiruddin (@NumberNineNas) August 18, 2014
It really wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone when he returned to Stamford Bridge this summer, but that does’t mean he wasn’t going to be welcomed back with open arms.
Chelsea fans couldn’t wait to see him back in Blue, and they weren’t disappointed as he came on with five minutes left for his second debut.
Our final sub and it’s Didier Drogba coming on! His first competitive Chelsea outing since Munich. What a cheer from the away end! #CFCLive
— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 18, 2014
— Haluih (@LuqmanMahadzir) August 18, 2014
The return of drogba #cfc
— Ben Pufc Porter (@Ben_Porter2) August 18, 2014
THE KING IS ON THE PITCH, I REPEAT! THE KING IS ON THE PITCH!!! #drogba
— Jordan (@JordanDalziel98) August 18, 2014
It’s a beautiful thing to see Drogba back in blue. #CFCLive
— Javier Salome (@RepTARDIS) August 18, 2014
They eased off in the second half, but Chelsea’s first half was scarily ruthless at Turf Moor.
Their reaction to going a goal down was superb and before you knew they 3-1 up and comfortable. Burnley played well but rarely got near Chelsea’s word class performers.
On that first half performance alone you can certainly expect Chelsea to be there or there a bouts in the title race this season.
Very professional performance Chelsea.
— Peter Reid (@reid6peter) August 18, 2014
Strong performance from Chelsea tonight. #BURCHE
— Nicholas Jones (@ngjonesuk) August 18, 2014
Chelsea’s performance tonight has reaffirmed my belief they will win the league title this season #CFC
— Tom Seymour (@tomseyms) August 18, 2014
— Abhay Rawlings (@OneDCosta) August 18, 2014
It is true Chelsea’s performance is excellent but they shouldn’t forget it’s only Burnley. Despite this they are favourites for the EPL.
— Hassan (@hgb09) August 18, 2014
Let’s get some perspective on this performance from Chelsea. One of Burnleys players cost £30,000, which I believe Terry earns on a Monday.
— Macca (@mcneilally) August 18, 2014
Solid performance from Chelsea since going 1-0 down. Fantastic response.
— TweetChelseaFC (@TweetChelseaFC) August 18, 2014