Captain John Terry shows a deft touch to open the scoring early on for Chelsea
By Mark Ashenden
Chelsea made it two wins from two in Champions League Group F despite a stuttering display against Marseille.
John Terry toe-poked an early opener from Gael Kakuta's corner and Nicolas Anelka's penalty doubled the lead after a debatable Stephane Mbia handball.
Chelsea sat back for much of the second half and Benoit Cheyrou, Brandao and Luco Gonzales went close for Marseille.
But the Blues could have extended their lead as the woodwork stopped an Alex free-kick and late Michael Essien shot.
Following defeats by Newcastle and Manchester City, Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti had demanded a "good result" as the Blues looked to maintain the lead in Group F
And the Italian was rarely let down by a team missing the injured Frank Lampard and suspended Didier Drogba with a victory earned in the opening 45 minutes and thanks to a small dose of luck as his side followed up the 4-1 win at MSK Zilina two weeks ago.
Kakuta, given the nod over Daniel Sturridge, was handed duties to support Anelka and Florent Malouda in attack and there were only seven minutes on the clock when the left foot of the 19-year-old produced the goods.
The French star curled in a corner from the left and with the ball falling low to Terry's toes, the skipper flicked the ball home from a tight angle.
It was a sweet finish by the England centre-half, known more for his headed goals, but Marseille boss Didier Deschamps, facing his old club, will not be happy with the efforts of Cheyrou who allowed the ball to creep in at the post he was protecting.
Apart from a deflected shot by Gonzales, the French champions were comfortable in possession but offered little going forward in the first half.
Malouda pulled all the strings from the middle with his forceful runs regularly producing panic in Marseille's defence and two early stinging shots came close to bringing reward.
The Blues continued to dominate but they were handed two warnings in quick succession when a Cheyrou corner caused mayhem in the box, followed by the same man blasting over.
Just before the half-hour mark Ancelotti's team gave themselves some breathing space after a hotly disputed decision by referee Frank de Bleeckere.
Essien was in bags of space on the right as he whipped in a cross and as the ball careered into the arms of Mbia, the Belgian official swiftly pointed at the spot.
Anelka took only two steps before calmly slotting the ball past the motionless keeper Steve Mandanda to notch his club's 31st goal in only 10 games.
The comfort enjoyed by the hosts in the opening half was strangely replaced by edginess and errant passing as Brandao and Gonzales came close with powerful shots from distance.
The wake-up call was duly heard and, following a foul on Essien, there seemed little danger from 35 yards before Alex stepped up to clatter the right upright with a thunderous free-kick.
As Chelsea pushed for a third goal to settle their nervy second-half display, the woodwork denied them again as Essien's shot flew off the left post.
Still Chelsea's luck held out as Gabriel Heinze came within a whisker of latching on to a Gonzales free-kick before the ball fell kindly into the arms of Petr Cech.
Ancelotti's men held on though with the final few minutes seeing substitute Sturridge failing to convert an Ashley Cole cross and the introduction of 17-year-old Josh McEachran.
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