JOSE MOURINHO got off to a winning start in the opening match of his Champions League defence after guiding Real Madrid to a comfortable 2-0 win over Ajax at the Bernabeu.
The former Chelsea chief, who won the title with Inter last season to add to his success with Porto in 2004, looked on as a goals in each half from Argentinian srtriker Gonzalo Higuain put paid to Martin Jol’s Dutch side.
In the other game in Group G, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Italian giants AC Milan also came through 2-0, at home to French side Auxerre.
Likewise, last season’s runners-up Bayern Munich began with a comfortable 2-0 win, this time over Italian side Roma.
German World Cup stars Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose netted in the final 12 minutes for Bayern.
CFR Cluj overcame Basel 2-1 in the other Group E game thanks to early goals from Ionut Rada and Lacina Traore.
Joining Chelsea on maximum points in Group F is Spartak Moscow, who sprung a surprise by beating Marseille 1-0 on the road with Cesar Azpilicueta netting an own goal nine minutes from time.
The other game in Arsenal’s group saw ex-Rangers striker Darijo Srna give Shakhtar Donetsk a 1-0 win over FK Partisan.