Chelsea Struggle to Retain Unofficial World Club Championship

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer IOctober 1, 2008

Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today, as champions Chelsea came up against Champions League minnows CFR Cluj.

For the first time in my life, I drew a sigh of relief when I saw that Chelsea hadn't lost.

They managed to keep hold of the UWCC title, but not in the comprehensive way some may have predicted.

Cluj again showed that they aren't in this competition just to make up the numbers with a good performance against one of the top teams in Europe.

After their opening group game win against Roma, there were optimistic expectations in Romania. Could Cluj could do the same to the mighty Chelsea?

Well, they weren't too far away, and they can be very proud of the 0-0 draw, a result many established European sides would be pleased with against Chelsea.

The game was somewhat overshadowed from Chelsea's point of view by the injury Didier Drogba suffered, which looks to be ligament damage, or a possible break.

The draw means that both teams are equal top of the group, with four points apiece, and that Chelsea retain the UWCC title, as they can only lose the title if they lose the game.

It adds another chapter to the ever growing history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship.



Chelsea 4-0 Portsmouth

Stoke 0-2 Chelsea

CFR Cluj 0-0 Chelsea


The next title defence for Chelsea comes on Sunday as Aston Villa travel to Stamford Bridge. Can Villa continue their good start to the season and break Chelsea's long-standing unbeaten league home record, and in the process become the best team in the world?!