Chelsea football club will face Manchester United today wearing their new Jersey with three (3) boldly embroidered on it. Despite the fact that the club has been using the new design for almost a month now, most football fans are yet to understand what the “three” stands for.
Some say the three signifies the number of time the club’s former manager Jose Mourinho won the Premier League title for them while others believe that it represents the number of times the club has played in a UEFA Champions League final.
But that is not the issue now, the issue is “the luck or bad luck” perception football fans have attached to the new Chelsea‘s jersey. From the first day they wore the jersey to play a competitive match, the club has been experiencing mixed outcomes. It is either they lose by conceding three goals or win by scoring three goals.
At that point, one could have easily said it was a coincidence, but three days after defeating Watford, Chelsea won over Crystal Palace 2-3. Also, at that point, they have already moved to the third spot from the 4th placed.
When Chelsea fans thought the three on the jersey was more of a good omen than bad, the Blues lost to Sheffield United 3-0 on Saturday, July 11. At that point, they were expected to return to the 4th or 5th spots but fortunately for them, 4th placed Leicester City and 5th placed Manchester United failed to win their matches. Hence, they maintained their 3rd spot.
However, the three on Chelsea’s jersey failed to play any part when the club faced relegated Norwich City. Chelsea won the match 1-0 to finally break the three goals-per match streak.
Will the ‘three’ myth work tonight?
Now, Chelsea will wear the jersey for the first time at the Wembley Stadium at 18:00 today when they face Manchester United for this season’s FA Cup semi-final. Even without the jersey, Frank Lampard led Chelsea team has never won over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s led United team.
This season alone, Manchester United have beaten Chelsea three times out of three meetings – home and away in the Premier League and knocked them out in the EFL Cup. Altogether, Ole’s United have scored 8 goals against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. While the Blues have managed to score only one goal against the Red Devils this season.
So, the question is, will the three (3) on Chelsea’s jersey help them to end their losing streak against Ole’s United or serve as a curse to them again? Well, time shall tell.
What you need to know about the three (3) on Chelsea’s Jersey
Chelsea football club ended their main sponsorship deal with Japanese tyres making company Yokohama. Hence, they replaced the shirt sponsorship deal with United Kingdom-based telecommunication company known as Three.
The new sponsorship deal which is worth about £40 million per season, will last for three seasons starting officially from the 2020-2021 season. Hence, three will appear on all the kits of Chelsea owned teams including their female team.