Josť Mourinho enjoyed a euphoric Chelsea homecoming yesterday and Tottenham put aside the turmoil surrounding Gareth Bale's future by also making a victorious start to the English Premier League season.
Chelsea ripped apart Hull inside 25 minutes at Stamford Bridge, with the goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard securing a 2-0 victory.
While Lampard had earlier missed a penalty, Roberto Soldado had no such trouble from the spot for Tottenham to score on debut and clinch a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Tottenham eked out the win without the team's most potent attacking threat. Bale is injured - and being pursued by Real Madrid.
Yesterday's pair of results completed a miserable weekend for the league newcomers, with Cardiff also failing to score in a 2-0 loss at West Ham on Saturday.
Manchester United's Premier League defence began on Saturday with a 4-1 victory at Swansea in David Moyes' first match in charge since replacing Alex Ferguson.
Manchester City are also under new management and last season's runner-up ushers in the Manuel Pellegrini era against Newcastle today. The Chilean will be hoping his debut goes as smoothly as Moyes and Mourinho enjoyed this weekend.
Mourinho was welcomed on to the pitch by cheers from the Chelsea fans delighted to see the end of Rafa Benitez's interim reign. They were denied an early goal to celebrate, with Frank Lampard's spot kick saved after six minutes.
Oscar, though, found the target in the 13th, slotting the ball under goalkeeper Allan McGregor after Belgium duo Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard combined.
Lampard made amends for his penalty miss with a superbly taken free kick that dipped and swerved over McGregor into the net in the 25th.
Branislav Ivanovic appeared to have headed in a third on the stroke of half-time, but the newly introduced goal-line technology confirmed that the ball failed to cross the line.
Despite Hull posing more of a threat in the second half, Chelsea did the hard work before the break and now go into the next game of the season against Aston Villa on Wednesday as a club united once again.
Now Mourinho is looking to add to the Premier League titles he won during his 2004-07 spell at Chelsea. The club won the championship in his absence, as well as the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League despite going through seven different managers.
"I made the right move by coming back - I am one of them (the fans) and I am so pleased and happy," Mourinho said. "I need my team to be supported and I need the fans to sing the players' names.
"Enough with Mourinho now and come on Chelsea. It's enough, I know they love me. Now it is my time to work for them and work for the team."
Across London, south of the River Thames, Selhurst Park hosted Premier League football for the first time since 2005. And Palace largely frustrated Tottenham and their expensively strengthened squad.
But Soldado, a $40 million signing from Valencia, delivered from the penalty spot on his first outing in English football.
The striker's goal came five minutes into the second half after Palace defender Dean Moxey handled a cross from Aaron Lennon as he slid in to block the ball going into the penalty area.
"That was a completely and unbelievably dubious handball," Palace manager Ian Holloway said. "Was it deliberate? I don't think he had a chance.
"Yes his arms came up, but he was diving on the floor. I've never seen someone fall with their arms by their sides. He didn't have a chance in hell of getting away with it."
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas sidestepped questions on Bale's future, but said the foot injury that kept him out of yesterday's game will sideline him for another two matches.
ARSENAL 1 ASTON VILLA 3
GOALS: ARSENAL: GIROUD 6th. VILLA: BENTEKE 22nd, 61st PEN; LUNA 85th.
Christian Benteke scored twice and Antonio Luna added a third as Aston Villa came from behind to become the first visiting team to win at Arsenal on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League for 20 years.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring, but Benteke headed an equaliser after Wojciech Szczesny saved his penalty. Benteke put Villa ahead from the spot after a foul by Laurent Koscielny, later shown a second yellow card for a mistimed challenge. New signing Luna raced clear to seal Arsenal's woe.
LIVERPOOL 1 STOKE CITY 0
GOAL: LIVERPOOL: STURRIDGE 37th.
Liverpool claimed their first opening-day victory in the Barclays Premier League at Anfield since 2001, as goalkeeper Simon Mignolet marked his debut with a dramatic late penalty save. Daniel Agger inexplicably handled a freekick in the penalty area with two minutes of the match remaining, but Mignolet denied Stoke's Jonathan Walters.
Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game eight minutes before half time, drilling home a low shot.
NORWICH CITY 2 EVERTON 2
GOALS: NORWICH: WHITTAKER 51st; VAN WOLFSWINKEL 71st. EVERTON: BARKLEY 61st; COLEMAN 65th.
Norwich's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel's superb header rescued a point in a thrilling opening-day encounter with Everton.
The Canaries took the lead against the run of play after the break when Steven Whittaker shot home from a tight angle after his initial strike hit the post. Ross Barkley capped a superb display to level from long range and Seamus Coleman tapped in to make it 2-1.But Van Wolfswinkel, who cost £8.5 million, nodded in Whittaker's cross.
SUNDERLAND 0 FULHAM 1
GOAL: FULHAM: KASAMI 52nd.
Pajtim Kasami scored his first Fulham goal as they beat a dominant Sunderland on the opening day of the season. The Black Cats, with five debutants, were the better team throughout, but Kasami headed home from close range for the only goal in the second half.
Newcomer Ondrej Celustka had the hosts' best chance, but his 25-yard shot was saved brilliantly by debutant Maarten Stekelenburg.
SWANSEA CITY 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 4
GOALS: SWANSEA: BONY 82nd; UNITED: VAN PERSIE 34th, 72nd; STURRIDGE 36th, 90th.
David Moyes made a winning Barclays Premier League start as Manchester United manager. Swansea's early good work was undone as Van Persie and Danny Welbeck struck twice inside two minutes. Van Persie capped an increasingly impressive United performance with a magnificent rising strike 18 minutes from time before Swansea's record £12 million signing Wifried Bony made an impact with a late goal. But Welbeck added a fourth.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1
GOAL: SOUTHAMPTON: LAMBERT 90th PEN.
Rickie Lambert followed up a goal on his England debut in midweek by scoring a last-minute winner from the penalty spot for Southampton. A disappointing game was heading for a goalless draw when West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu brought down Luke Shaw. Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez had earlier hit the crossbar in a match of few clear-cut chances at The Hawthorns.
WEST HAM UNITED 2 CARDIFF CITY 0
GOALS: WEST HAM: COLE 13th; NOLAN 76th.
Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan scored in each half as West Ham United enjoyed a comfortable win over Premier League new boys Cardiff City at Upton Park.
The Bluebirds did not manage a shot on target in their first appearance in the top flight since 1962. Cole and Nolan showed the Welsh side what finishing is all about at this level with two masterful strikes.