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Chelsea vs. Hull City: Lineups and Discussion

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Chelsea’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho smiles during a press conference at the club’s training ground in Cobham, south-east England, on August 16, 2013. Chelsea play against Hull City in their opening game of the 2013-2014 English Premier League football season on Sunday August 18. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for: the return of Jose Mourinho.

As The Special/Happy One put it himself a few minutes ago, “Nobody likes preseason, nobody likes friendly matches. Everyone likes competition, so...here we are.”

We feel the same way, Mr. Mourinho.

Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season, and Mourinho will look to repeat his feat when he managed at Stamford Bridge and won the league title twice, once on a record number of points.

Newly promoted Hull City will have their hands full with the Chelsea lineup, as Fernando Torres gets the start up front and young winger Kevin De Bruyne makes the starting lineup as well. Juan Mata, Demba Ba, and Romelu Lukaku all start the season on the Chelsea bench.

Tidbit: Jose Mourinho’s never lost at Stamford Bridge.

How do you see this one panning out? Take a gander over to NBC Sports Live Extra to watch, starting at 11am ET.

Lineups

Chelsea: Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, John Terry; Ramires, Frank Lampard; Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres.

Hull City: Allan McGregor; Maynor Figueroa, James Chester, Curtis Davies, Ahmed Elmohamady; David Meyler, Robert Koren, Robert Brady; Yannick Sagbo, Danny Graham, Sone Aluko.