Andre Villas-Boas’s first Premier League game as Chelsea manager ended in a rumbustuous goalless draw against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
After a slow start, Chelsea dominated the second half, and were aggrieved with referee Mark Halsey who turned down a string of penalty appeals.
Stoke withstood heavy pressure, and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic made a superb save when he tipped Nicolas Anelka chip onto the crossbar.
Villas-Boas sprung a selection surprise on his competitive debut for Chelsea, picking Fernando Torres up front, just four days after he suffered mild concussion playing for Spain.
That meant a place on the bench for Didier Drogba, a player who usually relishes the intense physical challenge of a trip to Stoke.