Premier League debutant Trevoh Chalobah’s 25-yard strike was the icing on the cake as Chelsea stormed to a 3-0 opening-day win over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.
The European champions dominated from the first whistle to the last and got their campaign up and running when Marcos Alonso curled in a superb free-kick just before the half hour.
With Palace failing to register a single shot before the break, Chelsea cemented their lead with five minutes of the half remaining through Christian Pulisic, who scored a fifth in five games against the Eagles from a Vicente Guaita save.
The rout was complete just before the hour when Chalobah, driving forward into space, unleashed a powerful low drive which Guaita could only turn onto the post and in to mark a perfect Premier League debut for the 22-year-old.
Things were less rosy for Vieira, whose side took 62 minutes to register their one and only shot on target and who offered little sign of a more progressive future under their new manager.
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Chelsea travel to Arsenal live on Sky Sports Premier League as part of Super Sunday on August 22 from 4pm; Kick-off at 4.30pm.
Crystal Palace’s first home game of the season is another London derby against Premier League new boys Brentford on August 21; Kick-off at 3pm.