Willian the Brazilian gave Chelsea the lead in the second minute before Pedro made it 2-0 with a smart finish after Cesc Fabregas’ ball over the top.
Willian then got his and Chelsea’s second of the night five minutes later before Olivier Giroud’s first goal for the club made it 4-0 on the stroke of half-time.
In midfield, Willian and Cesc Fabregas were full of life and artistry. They could not have expressed their interest in Champions League selection next Tuesday any more clearly had they written to their manager and asked for a game.
Meanwhile, there on the touchline – warming up eagerly – was Alvaro Morata, the striker who coach Antonio Conte said recently may miss the rest of the season with a back injury. With 20 minutes to go, the Spaniard was on.
So, with a much greater challenge lying in wait, this was a good night for Chelsea and a desperate one for Nigel Adkins and Hull.
Chelsea scored through Willian in the second minute and there was no looking back. Hull could not live with the Premier League team’s cleverness or indeed their appetite and by the end of a first half of endless chances Chelsea had scored three more through Pedro, Willian again and even Olivier Giroud.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Chelsea (3-4-3): Caballero 7; Rudiger 6.5, Ampadu 7.5, Cahill 7; Zappacosta 6.5, Fabregas 8 (Scott 62mins, 6.5), Drinkwater 6.5, Emerson 7; Willian 8.5, Giroud 7.5 (Morata 70, 6.5), Pedro 7 (Hudson-Odoi 46, 7).
Subs not used: Eduardo, T.Chalobah, Sterling, Moses.
Goal: Willian 2, 32, Pedro 27, Giroud 42.
Manager: Antonio Conte 7.
Hull City (4-3-3): Marshall 6; Meyler 5, Dawson 5, MacDonald 5, Clark 5.5; Evandro 4.5, Stewart 5, Irvine 5.5 (Batty 88); Wilson 6 (Toral 55, 6), Dicko 5.5 (Campbell 72, 5.5), Diomande 5.
Subs not used: McGregor, Grosicki, Keane, Clackstone.
Booked: Stewart, Irvine
Manager: Nigel Adkins 6.