It was like he had never been away.
Jose Mourinho started his second spell at Stamford Bridge in very Mourinho-esque fashion. Hull were blitzed for 25 minutes, two goals were scored, three points were secured, and with a midweek match against Aston Villa to come, there was no need to keep up the intensity.
If there is one thing Mourinho knows how to do it is how to get the job done at home. He has been in charge of Chelsea for 61 Premier League home matches now – total number of matches lost? Zero. 47 wins, 14 draws, zero defeats.
It was not like Mourinho needed his players to cool their jets either as he could field an entirely different side against Paul Lambert's ever improving Villa outfit on Wednesday and they would still take the field as favourites.
Mourinho seems to be a master of timing when it comes to taking over clubs at just the right moment and he seems to have hit the jackpot with this current Chelsea squad.
Take a look at the below side – doesn't look too bad does it? Well none of them started against Hull.
There is no room in either team for Michael Essien or Demba Ba either, while Chelsea also have the likes of German international Marko Marin, Belgium number one keeper Thibaut Courtois and Brazilian prospect Lucas Piazon out on loan.
With so much talent in the Chelsea ranks it is amazing that they have been so far off the title pace in recent seasons but you would back Mourinho to right that wrong.
While Arsenal and Manchester United fans have yearned for fresh blood at their clubs, Chelsea fans seem happy enough to have their favourite manager back, and the Blues' limited dealings in the transfer market shows a level of confidence in an ever maturing squad.
Champions deserve respect, and therefore United cannot be discounted, but while their impressive start against Swansea offered encouragement to those supporters who were starting to fear the post Alex Ferguson era, there is no doubt their season looks like living and dying at the boots of one man.
That man is not David Moyes but rather the brilliant Robin van Persie, whose class blew United past Swansea after the opening half-an-hour had suggested a difficult evening for the champions.
Van Persie is so good that he could fire United to the title with a limited support cast but United are dancing with the devil if they become over reliant on the Dutchman.
Let us not forget that there was one spell last season when he went 10 games without a goal and how United relieve the pressure on Van Persie will become all the more pertinent when the cup competitions start rolling around.
In stark contrast to United though, Chelsea do not seem reliant on any one individual. Mourinho can demand excellence from his players throughout the season safe in the knowledge that if one player tires or dips in form, there are plenty of replacement options at his disposal.
The striker position perhaps remains the one question mark. The Fernando Torres that Chelsea thought they were buying for £50 million remains but a memory; it is too early to anoint Romelu Lukaka the 'new Didier Drogba'; and Demba Ba's top four pedigree is still somewhat suspect; but there is no doubt that all three are serviceable options, especially with so much attacking class buzzing behind them in a line of three.
There could still be movement before the end of the transfer window on the forward front too, and if Chelsea can land that big scoring fish by September 2nd then the rest of the Premier League really should be worried.
Manchester City seem to have similar strength to Chelsea after their productive summer of spending and it will be interesting to see how they gel against Newcastle on Monday night.
It all sets up a fascinating title race after last season's procession for United and Moyes might need to react in the transfer market quickly or his side risk being squeezed out by their lack of depth.
For this is a title race that might not be won by superstars in big games but rather those squad players you need to step up and fill in the gaps when tiredness, injury and lack of form hit the big boys.
On that score, Chelsea look in good shape.