Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho enjoyed his first game back in the English Premier League after watching his side cruise to a 2-0 victory against newly-promoted side Hull City.
The Portuguese manager walked out to a warm reception from the home fans at Stamford Bridge and thoroughly enjoyed watching his side ease to three points in their first game of the season.
Goals from Frank Lampard and Oscar have The Blues the victory and after the game, Mourinho admitted that before the game, the team were welcomed by owner Roman Abramovich, who then gave the squad a pre-match team-talk.
‘We had Mr Abramovich in the dressing-room with us for the first time in five years before the match, which means a lot to everyone in the group,’ he said.
‘It was a moment where he wished everyone the best. The medical department, the players not selected.
‘So to have Mr Abramovich coming from his holiday to be with the team meant a lot to all of us.
‘We are together and we know where we want to go.’
The ex-Real Madrid manager also revealed that he wants the fans to support the team all season, just as much as they support him.
‘I’m a bit shy in the face of the fans’ reaction,’ he said. ‘I don’t feel very comfortable with that.
‘I want them to support the team, sing about the players and the club, not Jose. Jose knows how much they like me and how happy they are to have me back.
‘When I was here with Inter, it was strange. It was strange. You score a goal that gives you a victory in the Champions League and you don’t celebrate, and want to celebrate but I couldn’t… I was a bit nervous then.
‘You always have these feelings before big matches, but I was calm and confident. With this group, I need to show them I’m the last one to be nervous.’ Mourinho said he was pleased with the first-half in which Chelsea threatened at will. But the performance level dropped after the interval.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt