Is Chelsea the Best Team in the World Right Now? It Would Be Hard To Argue

Ron FurlongAnalyst IISeptember 12, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Michael Essien of Chelsea (C) celebrates with John Terry (L) and Branislav Ivanovic as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground on September 11, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
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When it's all said and done, teams like Barcelona, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United may have something to say about it, but for now, Chelsea rules the football world.

The defending Premier League champs are off to a masterful start to the season, now 4-0-0 after disposing of West Ham 3-1 on Saturday.

The goal they allowed was the first since late last season, which ended an incredible streak of scoring 34 goals in a row without conceding one. This season they have now scored 17 and given up one.

Saturday they were able to do it with Frank Lampard in street clothes in the crowd.

Ramires got the start for Lampard in favor of Yossi Benayoun, his first for Chelsea.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with how the Brazilian played in the midfield.

"He played a good game and defensively did a very good job," Ancelotti said after the game. "He has to improve and know about our movement, but for the first time it was a good performance."

Michael Essien directed two headers into the net and Salomon Kalou was credited with the other goal, a mistake by Rob Green, in the 3-1 victory.

The Blues now concentrate their efforts on the Champions League, playing Wednesday on the road versus MSK Zilina.

One has to wonder if this team can win the big double, repeating as Premier League champs as well as winning the Champions League crown?

Ancelotti doesn't want to think that far ahead.

"I said last year that the race is only decided at the end of the season," he said. " I will say the same this year."

Is this the best club in the world right now? If Chelsea wants to make that claim, laying stake to the Champions League title would be a natural step to take take toward proving it.

That journey starts Wednesday in Slovakia.

The Premier League journey continues at Stamford Bridge next Sunday against Blackpool.