Chelsea Thrash Spurs in London Derby to Retain The UWCC Title
Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) witnessed another defence today as champions Chelsea took on London rivals and former champions Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
Both sides had made fantastic starts to the season, with Tottenham's early form leading some to predict a possible top four finish.
They were brought tumbling back down to Earth last Saturday as Manchester United ran out 3-1 winners, but hopes were still high that Spurs could at least end Chelsea's 100 percent record so far this season.
Carlo Ancelotti wasn't going to let such a record go without a fight, however, as he was looking to further his already impressive record as a Premier League manager.
Tottenham, however, promised to be the toughest opponents he has had to face in the league so far.
Despite this, he guided his Chelsea side to an emphatic and comfortable win as the only team in the country to have a perfect record made it six from six with a 3-0 win.
While eventually the win was accomplished with relative ease, Tottenham began well, yet it was Chelsea who came closest through Jose Bosingwa.
The Portuguese right back picked up the ball on the corner of the penalty area before unleashing a thunderous swerving effort which cannoned back off the crossbar.
Not too long after, the action moved up the other end of the pitch as Jermain Defoe was released by Wilson Palacios. His resulting effort, a low drive stopped by Petr Cech, was disappointing from a man in such good form.
Cech was tested again soon after, this time from a Tom Huddlestone effort. The Tottenham midfielder surprised Cech with a snap-shot from the edge of the area, but the Chelsea shot-stopper was equal to it in the end.
Spurs continued to create chances throughout the half, including a Jermaine Jenas effort which flew narrowly wide, but it was Chelsea who got the breakthrough.
Frank Lampard gave an indication of Tottenham's problems with balls into the box by heading just past the post after beating three defenders to the ball, but it was Ashley Cole who was to punish them.
The Chelsea full-back sprung the offside trap to convert Didier Drogba's cross with a low diving header.
If the first-half had been a good one for Tottenham with one bad point, then the second was a bad one with few good points.
First they lost the influential Ledley King to injury after he had turned to try and chase Drogba. Drogba went on to create a chance for Lampard which the England man uncharacteristically shot wide.
They then had a huge penalty appeal turned down by Howard Webb after Robbie Keane was sent sprawling by Ricardo Carvalho's mistimed challenge. Replays showed there was contact but Keane's apparent hesitancy in going down may have convinced the referee otherwise.
Almost immediately afterwards, and with Howard Webb's ears still burning from Keane's protests, Chelsea doubled their advantage.
Former Chelsea man Carlo Cudicini kept out Drogba's effort, but Frank Lampard was quickest to react, pulling the ball back for Michael Ballack to bundle it in.
The game was put beyond doubt five minutes later when Drogba showed pace and power to get away from Vedran Corluka before the Croatian's last ditch lunging tackle served only to guide the ball past his own 'keeper, leaving Drogba free to tap it in.
Tottenham's misery was compounded when Sebastien Bassong fell heavily, smashing his head against the ground before being stretchered off. Drogba was later carried off on the same stretcher with a knee injury.
The win was Chelsea's 11th consecutive Premier League win, a club-record equalling feat, and it was also their 20th successful defence of the UWCC title.
Drogba's goal was his 12th in UWCC matches, meaning he is now the top scorer in the history of the competition.
72.2 percent of voters in the poll predicted that Tottenham wouldn't be able to end Chelsea's UWCC title reign, 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 Tottenham
(Click here to see the complete history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship)
Chelsea's next title defence comes on Wednesday as they host Queen's Park Rangers in the third round of the Carling Cup. Can QPR, or indeed anyone, beat Chelsea to become the best team in the world?!
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