Three things Thomas Tuchel got right as Chelsea thrash Crystal Palace in opener

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Chelsea got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Thomas Tuchel's European champions built on the momentum from the midweek UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout victory over Villarreal with a comfortable win over Patrick Vieira's Eagles.

The Blues enjoyed their return to a packed out Stamford Bridge, and Marcos Alonso hit a stunning free-kick to light the blue touch paper.

Christian Pulisic doubled the lead as he netted the rebound following Mason Mount's cross.

And Trevoh Chalobah rounded off a dream Premier League debut to put the Blues out of sight after the break.

Daily Star Sport looks at what Tuchel got right in an ideal opener in west London…

Alonso over Chilwell

If Marcus Alonso keeps delivering, Ben Chilwell will continue to warm the Chelsea bench.

The Spaniard struck his 25th Blues goal with a stunning free-kick to open the scoring, as he left Palace 'keeper rooted Vicente Guaita with a glorious curled effort.

Alonso thrives in the freedom afforded by Tuchel in his wing-back role and his set-piece quality has most definitely not diminished.

His technique is inch perfect and he almost netted again shortly after the break.

There is an obvious temptation to play £50m signing Chilwell but Tuchel picks on form and Alonso is providing great balance on the left flank.

Super Cup rotation

Tuchel was vindicated with the five changes made from the gruelling Super Cup victory in Belfast.

The German boss knows the importance of keeping players fresh as the campaign begins.

And he predictably got it right as Christian Pulisic capped his return with Chelsea's second.

Injuries to Hakim Ziyech and the vital N'Golo Kante did not hinder the Blues in the slightest against a poor Palace side.

Tuchel boasts fantastic attacking options and new signing Romelu Lukaku will be available next week against Arsenal.

Kai Havertz was rested after his Super Cup exertions but Tuchel utilised his other dangerous forwards effectively before his late arrival from the bench.

Faith in Chalobah

What a moment for Trevoh Chalobah.

The youngster scored his first Chelsea goal on his first Premier League game for the Blues and it was a belter.

Chalobah had the confidence to stride forward and smash home a low effort past helpless Guaita.

After loan spells at Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town and Lorient, Chalobah has had to be patient to wait for his chance.

The academy graduate has shone under Tuchel in pre-season, playing all 120 minutes in the Super Cup.

Tuchel is not afraid to provide opportunities to young players and surprise package Chalobah has justified his selection on the right side of the back three.

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