Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) witnessed another defence yesterday as champions Chelsea took on newly promoted Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were looking to continue their impressive start under Carlo Ancelotti, who can already boast a Community Shield title alongside a perfect Premier League record from his short time in England.
Burnley had also got off to an impressive start, with Owen Coyle's men shocking Manchester United and Everton to pick up six points from their first three games.
They couldn't improve on that tally yesterday, however, as Chelsea prevented a trio of shock results with a polished display and a 3-0 win.
Despite their encouraging start to the season, Chelsea had come under some criticism for their lack of a cutting edge at times. The amount of possession they have enjoyed in every match so far this season should have led to more goals.
The same criticism could perhaps have been applied in the first half against Burnley.
Despite playing some beautiful football, a style of play which Roman Abramovich has been pining after for years now, they once more couldn't find the finishing touch to take the lead.
In the frantic opening stages, Chelsea missed three goalscoring opportunities, the best of which fell to Nicolas Anelka who, after catching Andre Bikey in possession, took a heavy touch which allowed Brian Jensen to come and smother the ball.
Chelsea's imposing attacking prowess almost came at a cost, however, as Burnley found themselves with two golden chances to spring another shock.
The first came through Chris McCann who scooped his effort over the bar after some neat footwork, while Martin Paterson wasted an even better chance moments later, skewing his shot past Petr Cech's right-hand post.
A first half of sublime football from Chelsea looked like it would also prove to be a frustrating one for them as they were unable to find the back of the Burnley net, due in large part to the sterling efforts of Brian Jensen in goal.
"The Beast," as he is affectionately known, saved from Michael Ballack, John Terry, and Frank Lampard before Chelsea finally got the deserved breakthrough in stoppage time of the first half.
Some nice link-up play between Michael Essien and Didier Drogba set up Nicolas Anelka at the back post, and this time the Frenchman made no mistake.
The second half began as the first ended, with a Chelsea goal. Anelka was involved in the build-up play this time, finding Frank Lampard, whose cross was headed in by Ballack.
Burnley showed signs of capitulating as Chelsea began to dominate the game even more than they had in the first half, and the result was well and truly beyond doubt just five minutes after Ballack's goal as Ancelotti's men got a third.
Lampard was again the provider, setting up Ashley Cole, who smashed the ball past Jensen for a rare goal.
There was to be no more changes to the scoreline, although Chelsea will feel there probably should've been. Were it not for Jensen, there definitely would have been.
The big Dane denied Essien and Ballack once again before being beaten, only to see Tyrone Mears clear Salomon Kalou's effort off the line in the dying moments.
Chelsea's record-breaking run as UWCC Champions continues, with the total now at 17 matches. Anelka's goal was his eighth in UWCC history, putting him third in the all-time list.
71.4 percent of voters in the poll correctly predicted that Burnley wouldn't be able to beat Chelsea, so well done to the majority!
Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea (Chelsea become new champions)
Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United (Chelsea won 4-1 on penalties)
Chelsea 3-0 Burnley
(Click here to see the complete history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship)
Due to the upcoming international break, Chelsea next title defence will take place on Sept. 12 when they travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on high-flying Stoke City. Do Tony Pulis' men have what it takes to become the best side in the world?!
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