Chelsea have wasted no time at all in launching their kits for next season.While the current season is still on??? Indeed.
The new addidas jersey was launched today by club players, Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill, Diego Costa and Loftus Cheek and seriously,it is quite similar to that of last season.The new design, priced at £90 even without name and number printing, will be donned by the Blues for the first time in their last game of the season against Leicester City – despite a mixed reaction from fans.Chelsea’s £200million sponsorship deal with Yokohama Tyres continues to offer the main feature across the centre of the shirt, while the detail on the front includes a pattern of the rampant lion taken from their badge leading some critics to label it as looking like a ‘pyjama top’.The replica edition of the shirt will cost £55, with child-sized versions available for £45.
Adidas say their new v-neck offering: ‘Presents the proud traditions of the club’s heritage as well as a determined mission to strive to be the best.’The sports clothing manufacturer’s famous three-stripe design moves from the shoulders of the shirt to be placed under the arm a move set to be followed by plenty of the world’s top clubs in their unveilings this summer.The famous brand’s design efforts have not pleased everyone though, with plenty of fans criticising the cost of the shirt as well as its look.
At Chelsea’s Cobham training base on Wednesday, following a day off after their 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Monday night, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were chosen to model the kit for a big reveal on Facebook.”Blue is the colour,” Hazard said. “It’s good, it’s new, I hope we can win some games with this shirt. Not too tight, it’s good”.Loftus-Cheek added “I like the little lions over the shirt and also the stripes on the inside rather than the outside of the arms”.
The interesting thing Chelsea fans might not be glad to hear is the jersey’s first duty will be used as a guard of honour for Leicester city players at the Bridge on the last day of the season.Quite pathetic in my opinion.