Finally, the wait is over. We've seen everybody else play their first game already, now it's finally our (and Burnley's) turn! Begone, anticipation! Hello, reality!
(Hopefully it's not a harsh reality.)
Speaking of which, plenty of history to continue on opening day for Chelsea:
Burnley starting lineup (4-4-2):
Tom Heaton | Ben Mee, Michael Duff, Jason Shackell, Kieran Trippier | Matthew Taylor, Dean Marney, David Jones, Scott Arfield | Lukas Jutkiewicz, Danny Ings
Substitutes from: Matt Gilks, Cameron Dummigan, Kevin Long, Ross Wallace, Michael Kightly, Marvin Sordell, Ashley Barnes
Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Thibaut Courtois | Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas | Eden Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schurrle | Diego Costa
Substitutes from: Petr Cech, Kurt Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba
And so the new era begins. Thibaut's in net, Diego Costa up top, Fabregas in the pivot. The rear guard is last season's tried and true and well-tested one, the attacking band is as expected especially considering the Summer of Schurrle.
Plenty of options on the bench as well, including Didier "out for 6 months" Drogba.
Here we go then. UP THE BLUES!