Chelsea Maintain Perfect Record To Retain The UWCC Title
Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today as champions Chelsea took on their West London neighbours and former champions Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Chelsea came into this match on the back of a good comeback win against Sunderland, and Carlo Ancelotti was keen to continue his 100 percent record as a Premier League manager.
Fulham were also protecting a perfect record this season after their opening day win at Portsmouth, and would have been hoping for a performance similar to the one that earned them a point against Chelsea in this fixture last season.
Chelsea were too strong for them this time, however, as they won 2-0 to continue their record-breaking UWCC title run, a record once held by Fulham.
In a scenario Chelsea have found themselves in all-too-often already this season, Fulham set out to frustrate and nullify the Blues' attacking duo of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
And, much like Chelsea's opening two games of the season, they looked short of ideas at times, failing to break down the opposition's sturdy defence.
John Obi Mikel came closest to doing so in the first half an hour for Chelsea but his effort flew just past Mark Schwarzer's left post.
This came after Fulham had a chance of their own through Clint Dempsey. The American midfielder found space inside the box only to scoop the ball over the crossbar.
The first half looked like it would end in frustration for Chelsea until Drogba stepped up just three minutes from the break. Some slick build-up play led to Anelka slipping the ball through to the big Ivorian, who calmly slotted the ball past Schwarzer.
Fulham didn't capitulate, however, and continued to frustrate Chelsea throughout the second half. Carlo Ancelotti's men were comfortable with their 1-0 lead but also seemed unable to extend it despite prolonged periods of possession.
It was left to the front two again, and they eventually found a way through. Anelka and Drogba swapped roles this time, with the latter finding Anelka who took the ball round the 'keeper before sliding it into the unguarded Fulham net to wrap up the three points.
The result means that Chelsea maintain their perfect start to the season, and sit in second place behind Tottenham on goal difference.
Drogba's goal was his tenth in UWCC history, becoming only the second player to achieve that feat, while Anelka's seventh UWCC goal puts him third in the all-time goalscoring list.
Fulham's loss means they are the first team to have lost five time as challengers in UWCC title matches.
Incredibly, 66.7 percent of voters in the poll predicted a Fulham win, so well done to the minority!
Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea (Chelsea become new champions)
Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United (Chelsea won 4-1 on penalties)
Fulham 0-2 Chelsea
(Click here to see the complete history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship)
Chelsea's next title defence comes next Saturday as they face a Burnley side who have already thrown up a few shocks this season. Can they do it again and become the best team in the world?!
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