Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today as champions Chelsea took on Blackburn in their last home game of the season.
Chelsea's last outing had been an impressive one, thrashing Arsenal 4-1 at the Emirates, and they still hadn't given up on ousting Liverpool for second place.
Blackburn went into this match knowing they would be playing Premier League football next season after the results on Saturday, and so were free of pressure and perhaps motivation.
It certainly seemed that way as Chelsea strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win.
Guus Hiddink was greeted with hundreds of signs pleading with him to stay at Chelsea in what is presumed to be his final match at Stamford Bridge.
The attention was soon drawn away from the manager, however, as his players made a blistering start. Just four minutes were on the clock when Nicolas Anelka's cross found the in-form Florent Malouda, who nodded that ball past Paul Robinson to give Chelsea the lead.
This came just after Morten Gamst Pedersen shot straight at Petr Cech after doing well to create space for himself. Blackburn continued to threaten soon after the opener as well, this time Ryan Nelson heading just over.
In an entertaining, end-to-end match, Anelka was next to come close, but his effort was saved by Robinson.
The former England No.1 was well and truly beaten soon after, however, as Frank Lampard unleashed a trademark strike, only to see his effort cannon back off the crossbar.
Robinson was beaten again just a few minutes later, this time courtesy of Malouda, but Ryan Nelson got back in time to clear the ball off the line.
The second-half picked up where the first left off. Stephen Warnock was denied by Cech before Malouda missed a gilt-edge opportunity to double Chelsea's lead.
They wouldn't have to wait too much longer for that second goal, however, as Anelka struck from the edge of the box to score his 18th league goal of the season, drawing him level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the goalscoring charts.
As the game wound down the chances kept on coming. Anelka had two more chances, while Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, and Michael Essien all could have extended Chelsea's already comfortable lead.
Chelsea were unable to further increase their goal difference in the end, a factor that could prove vital in the race for second place.
The match was Chelsea's tenth defence of the UWCC title, breaking Fulham and Manchester United's record.
Malouda's goal was his sixth in UWCC history, becoming only the third player to reach that total, the others being teammates Lampard and Drogba. Anelka's goal also put him on five, the sixth player to reach that landmark.
75.9 percent of voters in the poll thought Chelsea would be able to retain the UWCC title so well done to the majority again!
Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea (Chelsea become new champions)
Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn
(Click here to see the complete history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship)
Chelsea's next title defence comes next Sunday as they travel to Sunderland in the last game of the Premier League season. Will Sunderland become the best team in the world?!
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"They're dominating the possession when they have it, Chelsea" - Robbie Earle
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