Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence yesterday, as champions Chelsea came up against Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Last season saw a thrilling 4-4 draw between the two teams, and everyone was hoping for a similar result this time round. A draw would, of course, mean that Chelsea retained the UWCC.
A draw was not to be, however, as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners in a typically dominant performance to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
The opening goal came from Joe Cole, running on to Frank Lampard's pass, and Nicolas Anelka wrapped the game up for the Blues. It means that they have now taken part in four UWCC title matches, winning all of them, scoring eight goals and conceding zero.
Chelsea remain top of the group after this result, and Aston Villa won't be too disheartened knowing that they lost to the league leaders. Anything they got from the game would have been a bonus.
Chelsea have now gone 86 matches without losing at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa
Chelsea's next title defence comes on Saturday Oct. 18, as they travel to the Riverside to take on Middlesbrough. Can Gareth Southgate's men inflict Chelsea's first defeat of the season on them and, in the process, become the best team in the world?