At the beginning of the current season, Chelsea won the European Supercup and even led the Premier League in the first few months. By the end of November, the Blues had played 21 games, with 13 victories, seven draws (one for the European Supercup and two for the English League Cup and the London team won all the matches on penalties) and one defeat.

However, the month of December was not easy for Chelsea either on or off the pitch. In nine matches, the Londoners won four wins, three draws and one defeat. The defensive consistency of the team that had conceded nine goals from August to November disappeared and the club conceded 12 goals in the last month of the year.

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At the end of December, Romelu Lukaku also gave a controversial interview to "Sky Sports" in which he said he wanted to play for Inter Milan again. The Belgian striker even questioned Thomas Tuchel's work model, as he did not was managing to surrender and score the goals that were expected as in Italy.

The striker, who had been the Blues' biggest signing of the season, did not play in the first game of 2022 and moved Chelsea's backstage. At the end of January, "The Athletic" published an article in which it said that the athletes of the club's offensive system were not satisfied with the work of the German commander.

In January, Chelsea had already lost the Premier League lead to Manchester City. In the first game of the year, the Blues drew with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge and two weeks later suffered a defeat to Pep Guardiola's team.

Despite this, the London Blues come six wins in nine games played in 2022, two draws and only one setback. The club qualified for the League Cup final and the FA Cup round of 16, although they struggled to defeat England's 3rd division Plymouth Argyle.

It is difficult to make a prediction about which Chelsea we will meet. Will it be the regular, surgical in the decisive moments and that concedes few goals that we are used to seeing from January to November or will it be the irregular and turbulent that it has been in the last two and a half months? The answer will be seen on the field, but Palmeiras can take advantage and, above all, believe.