Eden Hazard hailed Chelsea’s display against West Ham, claiming the Blues “played like tigers”.
Antonio Conte’s Stamford Bridge tenure got off to a winning start in the London derby as Diego Costa fired home a late winner.
Hazard had earlier opened the scoring from the penalty spot before James Collins’ emphatic leveller, which looked to have secured West Ham a fortunate point.
But Costa had the final say and Hazard believes it was just what the hosts deserved.
“The first game in the season is always important. We did very well and played like tigers for 90 minutes,” he said.
It is good to be back on the pitch and winning in front of our supporters.
“Last season is finished. Now we are looking forward to the future.
“We want to bring the fans a lot of emotion and it is always good to start the season like this.”
Hazard appeared close to his best on Monday night after a hugely disappointing campaign last term.
And the Belgian admitted he was relieved to open his account for the season so early on.
“It is not every year I score in my first game so that is good.
“I missed a couple of penalties last season and Oscar asked me before if he could shoot but I said, ‘No, it’s my turn’. It is always good to score a penalty.”