Chelsea took the lead in the 27th minute when Spanish left defender Marcos Alonso fizzed a free-kick into the top corner, and US striker Christian Pulisic followed up on the rebound to extend their advantage five minutes before halftime.
Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 home win against a lethargic Crystal Palace on Saturday, making a strong statement of purpose in their first Premier League encounter.
The defender, who has spent the previous three seasons on loan in England and France, fell to his knees after scoring to excite the home supporters in the largest Stamford Bridge crowd since the coronavirus epidemic struck in March 2020, with over 38,000 in attendance.
Trevoh Chalobah, a Chelsea homegrown defender, then completed a dream Premier League debut in the second half, slamming a long-range effort in off the post to score his first goal for the club.
Throughout the game, Chelsea fans celebrated their team’s status as Champions League holders, while Kai Havertz, who scored the game-winning goal in the final against Manchester City, was greeted like a hero as he came off the bench.