Chelsea were back to their best following the sacking of Jose Mourinho - with a hapless first half from Sunderland helping them ease to a 3-1 win.
2-0 up at half-time, it could and should have been far more.
Sunderland finally got going after Fabio Borini netted from close range to make it 3-1 53 minutes in.
But it couldn't spark a dramatic comeback, with Jermain Defoe missing some good chances.
Who scooped the man of the match gong? Richard Mennear gives his ratings.
Costel Pantilimon: 5. Left exposed for both goals. Made a good save from Oscar 30 minutes in. Gave away penalty, just enough contact.
Billy Jones: 5. Lost all defensive shape in opening 15 minutes. Struggled to regain any momentum from there.
John O'Shea (C): 5. Poor from Sunderland defensively, O'Shea made several blocks but the back line were all over the place.
Younes Kaboul: 5. Similar to O'Shea and Jones. Poor but the defence was getting overran by the impressive Chelsea midfield.
Sebastian Coates: 3. Subbed after less than 23 minutes and went straight down the tunnel. Dismal. At fault for both goals. Had been ill in build-up to match.
Patrick Van Aanholt: 5. Not great on his return to Stamford Bridge. Sunderland looked shell-shocked first half. Van Aanholt blasted over couple of chances.
Yann M'Vila: 6. MOM. Sunderland's brightest player, tracked back to win ball. The only one to come out with any credit.
Jack Rodwell: 5 Outpassed in the centre of midfield, couldn't have an impact. Similar to Toivonen first half.
Ola Toivonen: 3. Totally anonymous for 45 minutes. Barely touched the ball. Sunderland missing Cattermole/Larsson badly. Subbed at HT.
Duncan Watmore: 5. Couldn't get into the game first half. Poor finish half an hour in from M'Vila's long ball. Improved second. Subbed.
Jermain Defoe: 5. A bystander in the opening 45 minutes. Improved second, saw one shot go narrowly wide. And squandered another great chance.
Adam Johnson (for Coates, 23): 6. Didn't impact the game when he came on first half but more involved second.
Fabio Borini (for Toivonen, 45): 6. Scored from close range after coming on as half-time sub. Shot narrowly wide moments later.
Danny Graham (for Watmore, 79): 6. Came on late, didn't impact proceedings.
Subs Not Used: Mannone, Gomez, Yedlin, Fletcher.
Goals: Borini (53)
Bookings: Pantilimon (48, foul), Rodwell (62, foul), O'Shea (89, foul)
Terry (C): 6
Mikel (for Fabregas, 70): 6
Remy (for Costa, 76): 6
Ramires (for Oscar, 82): 6
Subs Not Used: Begovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Ramires, Traore.
Goals: Ivanovic (5), Pedro (13), Oscar pen (50)
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire) Steady afternoon, aside from forgetting his magic spray.......6/10