Chelsea FC, has released their new away kit for the 2018-19 season, with Nike taking the West London club back to a yellow strip for the first time since 2015.
The strip, made by Nike, includes yellow shorts, royal blue socks and few creatives to reflect the club’s history, with the lion from the club crest sitting on the jersey neckline. Around the neck of the kit, is the phrase ‘Football is the game’ and ‘Blue is the colour.’
Eagle-eyed fans will have noticed Eden Hazard modelling the new kit alongside N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Fran Kirby, despite growing rumours of a move to Real Madrid. New boss Maurizio Sarri will be hoping Chelsea’s luck wearing yellow proves true this season.
Chelsea first wore yellow jersey in 1963, with the kit becoming more famous in the 1970s. However, the Blues last wore a yellow away strip in the 2014/15 season, where they were crowned Premier League champions. They also wore yellow when they lifted the FA Cup in 2009 – a trophy they will hope to retain this year. The Blues’ new away shirt costs £90 as published on Nike website.
This follows up report of new Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, being asked by Roman Abramovich to change his habits. Sarri has been ordered to wear a suit on matchdays, rather than his usual tracksuit approach and has also been told to cut out his half-time cigarettes.
The Italian was banned from smoking at Napoli, before he was given a special designated area in the home dressing room.
German club, RB Leipzig, even built him his own smoking area for a Europa League tie last season. However, Abramovich has ordered Sarri to bring “a British attitude”, if he wants to remain in charge of the Blues. He has also been told to wear a suit to press conferences.
Sarri began his Chelsea reign this week by apologising for racist and homophobic remarks he made while he was Napoli boss. Referring to an incident in which he insulted former Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini in 2016, calling him a f****t, Sarri said:
“I am an extremely open person, I do not have these kinds of problems, I hope I will show this when I am working here and living here.
“These mistakes were made, yes, but when someone makes a mistake, he must apologise and accept some allegations can be made by the press.
“More than apologies, I hope you will have the chance to get to know me better and forget about this very quickly.”