Chelsea have released their new home kit ahead of the 2021-2022 season which means that the club might play their last league game against Aston Villa in new shirts.
Sportswear making company, Nike, released the new home kit, 16 days to the UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City which is scheduled to take place in Porto, Portugal on May 29, 2021.
Reports claimed that Chelsea might debut the new home kit in the FA Cup final game against Leicester City on Saturday. It is also suspected that Chelsea might wear the kit in the UEFA Champions League final.
The new home kit which Chelsea are expected to wear throughout the 2021-2022 season was inspired by the “60s Op-Art movement made famous in London”. It comes with a yellow trim, two-tone blue with a combination of chequered and zig-zag which run through the jersey.
As expected, the club’s kit sponsor, “Three”, is boldly designed at the front of the shirt. At the time of publishing this report, the shorts and the socks were yet to be released.
It’s that time of the season. 🔊👕— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2021
Introducing our new 2021/22 @NikeFootball home kit. Inspired by the 60s, but as fresh as they come 🔥 ft. @TheZombiesMusic#ItsAChelseaThing #ThePrideOfLondon pic.twitter.com/aPpMtgcdJF
Chelsea and Manchester City to play the UEFA Champions League final in Portugal
As earlier reported, the European football governing body, UEFA, has confirmed that Chelsea and Manchester City will play the final of the UEFA Champions League in Porto’s Estadio do Dragao on May 29.
Recall that the final of the competition was initially scheduled to take place in Istanbul, Turkey but had to be moved out of the country because the government of the United Kingdom placed the country on the red list which means that travelers from the country to the UK would have to quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel.
Also, when it was obvious that Turkey was not fit to host the UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City due to coronavirus restrictions, UEFA attempted to host the final at Wembley Stadium in London, England. However, UEFA and the UK government could not strike an accord.
As it stands, UEFA has gotten the permission of the Portuguese government to allow 6,000 fans of Manchester City and Chelsea to enter the match venue but UEFA and the Portuguese government are yet to agree on the total number of spectators that will be allowed into the stadium.
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said: “I think we can all agree that we hope never to experience a year like the one we have just endured.
“Fans have had to suffer more than twelve months without the ability to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football.
“To deprive those supporters of the chance to see the match in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been found.
“After the year that fans have endured, it is not right that they don’t have the chance to watch their teams in the biggest game of the season.
“Once again we have turned to our friends in Portugal to help both UEFA and the Champions League and I am, as always, very grateful to the FPF and the Portuguese Government for agreeing to stage the match at such short notice…
“The Turkish football federation and the Turkish authorities have recognized the UEFA’s efforts to give fans of the competing clubs a chance to watch the game. The Turkish Football Federation and the authorities have always been reliable partners of UEFA and Turkey has hosted many UEFA events over the years with great success. I hope to be in Istanbul and Turkey for a Champions League final and many other events shortly.
“I hope the final will be a symbol of hope at the re-emergence of Europe from a difficult period and that the fans who travel to the game will once again be able to lend their voices to showcase this final as the best in the club football.”