Ancelotti's song and dance
The song Carlo Ancelotti sang as part of his official Chelsea initiation ceremony remains John Terry's secret for now - but the dance was on show for all inside Stamford Bridge.
Ancelotti's vocal skills were on display behind closed doors as part of bonding during Chelsea's pre-season tour of America. The dance was in full public view as Didier Drogba gave the Italian a winning Premier League start with a freakish goal deep into injury time.
To call it a dance may be stretching the point, but the clenched fist and advance out of the technical area was an emphatic show of emotion from the normally phlegmatic Ancelotti and emphasised the importance of starting the domestic campaign with victory against resilient opponents in Hull.
Ancelotti had learned the history behind this fixture. The credits rolled on Luiz Felipe Scolari's seven-month Chelsea reign just 48 hours after a goalless draw with these same opponents in February.
He admitted he was aware of this significant fact and was even treated to a rendition of "You're Geting Sacked In The Morning" by Hull's fans when Stephen Hunt gave the visitors a first half lead.
And while even Chelsea's reputation for impatience does not run to sacking a manager after the season's opening game, Ancelotti knows it is always best to start with a win.
It was flamboyant Hull boss Phil Brown who was doing the dancing - plus pointing, waving, shouting, gurning and just about everything else - as his side took the lead and then looked like holding out for a point with a fiercely-competitive rearguard action.
Drogba's late winner, lofted in seconds after fourth official Phil Dowd left Hull assistant manager Brian Horton grinning in utter bemusement by revealing six minutes would be added, changed the touchline mood.
And it was a satisfied Ancelotti who was able to face his inquisitors with three points secured rather than dwelling on a disappointing draw.
Brown, in contrast, was forced to clutch at straws in defeat - rightly stating his side had "put a marker down" for how they must approach their task in a season that may be a lengthy struggle.
Ancelotti smiled, the left eyebrow permanently raised, and admitted his new Chelsea was a work in progress.
The old reliables remain. Drogba will be a fearsome spearhead if he does not become side-tracked by theatrics. John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho will be the defensive bedrock if they stay fit. And Frank Lampard will continue to find his way unerringly into dangerous positions.
Ancelotti's new midfield diamond is the most obvious sign of the new broom not exactly sweeping clean but perhaps dusting away a few cobwebs. Lampard is, as expected, at the point of the diamond, but Jon Mikel Obi was removed as the anchor after 45 minutes to allow the introduction of the more progressive Michael Ballack.
These are the foundations. They are already in place - the trick for Ancelotti is to find the finishing touch, the fantasy, that can give Chelsea the extra dimension to unseat Manchester United.
He seems comfortable with the pressure and expectation that is the price on Chelsea's ticket. Ancelotti's dry sense of humour, plus a command of English which is excellent given his limited time in the country, will aid that process.
There are still whispers about the day Guus Hiddink might become available again - but Ancelotti is the man in possession and after working in such close proximity to the mercurial and demanding Silvio Berlusconi, meeting the demands of Roman Abramovich will hold no terrors.
Brown was still optimistic despite defeat. He knew Hull were only minutes away from a result that would have represented an outstanding start - and defender Michael Turner showed enough to suggest he would be a major loss should Liverpool follow up initial interest.
But after winning only one of their last 21 league games last season, Hull need to taste victory quickly this season and Brown has targeted the weak spots.
Hunt has the aggression and commitment that will serve Hull well, showed an eye for a goal and demonstrated he was capable of dangerous delivery.
He will not win popularity contests among opposition fans or players - and definitely not at Chelsea after the clash with Petr Cech at Reading that left the keeper with a fractured skull - but Brown or Hunt will not mind that.
Brown said: "He had quite an energetic afternoon. He can light a room up and get in the faces of the opposition. Some teams and individuals don't like that but he's my kind of player."
And if Hull expend only half the energy their manager shows in the technical area, then they may defy the predictions of many - including my own - that they will be relegated this season.
For Ancelotti, only winning will do his touchline jig as Drogba's winner drifted in shows he knows what is required.
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