Will it be the ‘leaked’ kit? The supposed ‘cup’ kit? Something else even?
(UPDATE) The leaked images and rumours were true.
This is the 2019-20 Chelsea home kit.
The kit is inspired by one thing – our iconic ground that is Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have called the Bridge home since 1905, and just as it is woven into the history of the club, kit provider Nike have woven it into the fabric of our brand new kit.
The concept comes to life through a classic Chelsea blue shirt, comprising imagery taken from our famous home.
The shirt also features a stylish V-neck, while a red and white ‘CFC’ monogram which decorates the back of the collar.
The shorts are blue and the head-to-toe look is completed by white socks which boast a traditional Chelsea red and blue trim midway up the calf.
Inside the shirt, a lion borrowed from the club crest is featured with the ‘PRIDE OF LONDON’ written around it.
Players involved in the photoshoot (& video) were Eden Hazard, Ethan Ampadu, César Azpilicueta, & N’Golo Kanté from the men’s first-team, Fran Kirby, Karen Carney, Ji So-yun, Hannah Blundell and recently retired Katie Chapman from the women’s team and Billy Gilmour & Marc Guehi from the academy.
The new Chelsea home kit is available to buy online and at the Stamford Bridge megastore now, and will be worn for the first time when we take on Watford in the Premier League this weekend.
(ORIGINAL STORY) With the season coming to a close, we start looking towards the next one. And this usually comes with a few things.
Summer signings (we hope). Renewed optimism.
Plus… the new kits. Over the years, Chelsea fans have become used to seeing kits be released on a yearly basis.
Teams up and down the country will be unveiling their kits to be worn in the 2019-20 season, and Chelsea will not be any different.
In fact, don’t be surprised if you get a glimpse of what the Blues will be wearing in August as soon as this coming Sunday even.
A couple of days ago over on the Chelsea Megastore website, a countdown clock appeared from out of nowhere indicating that the 2019-20 home kit would be ‘coming soon’.
And that coming soon countdown actually ends in one hour, with the kit being officially unveiled to all Chelsea fans around the world at 8 am UK time.
Last season, Chelsea released the 2018-19 home kit ahead of the season finale against Newcastle, and opted to wear it for that match. So with this in mind, do not be surprised if Maurizio Sarri’s side wear the new kit at home against Watford in the crucial Premier League game.
So the question is what will be the new home kit for next season? Plus, what will be the away & third kits and the newly introduced ‘cup’ kit?
Let’s take a look.
A few ‘leaked’ designs have been doing the rounds over social media over the last few weeks, which have all been rumoured to be the home kit. Some good, some great and some… well, let’s just say we want to forget about them.
But it wasn’t until last week when we started to see images that seemed to indicate what would actually be the new home kit.
The shirt is predominately ‘rush blue’ (which has been used for the last couple of seasons), with an all-over graphic print that is inspired by Stamford Bridge, replacing the the red and white horizontal slashed lines on the current shirt.
The abstract design of the leaked shirt is very reminiscent of the 1991-92 home shirt.
The 19-20 shirt is accompanied by plain blue shorts along with white socks with blue and red trim, with a ‘change’ pair of socks of blue with white and red trim.
So we have at least one official kit out in the wild before the world exclusive unveiling tomorrow, which we (very likely) presume to be the home kit.
Or is it even…
THE ‘CUP’ KIT
This is where things get interesting. While all signs are pointing to the ‘leaked kit’ being the home kit for next season, we cannot rule out just yet the possibility of the kit ending up being the brand new addition to the Chelsea kit line… The ‘cup’ kit.
Nike will be releasing a fourth kit for Chelsea next season, in addition to the three kits that we have become accustomed to seeing be released every year.
The fourth kit – the ‘cup’ kit – will be worn at home (in place of the home kit) in cup competitions, both domestically and in Europe.
The fourth kit is part of Nike’s plans to generate more revenue with its ‘elite’ teams such as Chelsea, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, who currently have the ‘Jordan x PSG’ clothing collection.
Home or fourth kit? We’ll be finding out very, very soon.
But what about the other kits?
Just a day after the images of the ‘home’ kit, the supposed away kit was leaked online. Similar to all away kits introduced by Nike so far, the kit is a very subtle and classic design.
The shirt is white with blue and red accents, with a white polo collar (although there is an identical design going around without a collar) and sleeve cluffs with thin blue and red trim.
The shorts appear to be plain white with blue socks, being either plain or as same as the ‘change socks’ for the supposed home kit, with red and white trim.
Overall, the 19-20 away kit looks very similar to the 17-18 design, although the latter kit was more grey than white.
Whilst not much is known about the exact design of the third kit (which is expected to be released in September), we do know that colour scheme will be predominately black with orange trim.
With this said, we might have some clues as to what design template will be used for the kit as leaked images of a jacket use the exact same colour scheme as the kit, with a 1990s aesthetic template of the classic Nike ‘swoosh’ and the word itself.
The shorts are expected to be plain black, with plain orange socks. The shirt is also rumoured to incorporate a ‘NFL’ style collar, which is something new for the west London side.
OTHER KITS/SHIRTS TO CONSIDER
Besides the four kits already mentioned, there are other leaked images of potential kits/training wear which will be used by Chelsea next season.
First up is a design of one of the goalkeeper shirts that will be worn by the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga. The colour scheme is light grey/silver with a white gradient graphic on the front and a black crew neck collar.
Next up is the pre-match shirt that will be used in European competition next season, whether that’s the UEFA Champions League or Europa League.
The shirt is predominately black and like the goalkeeper shirt, also uses gradient graphics (this time on both sides of the shirt), with the gradient being in orange.
The 19-20 training kit is a very subtle navy blue, with an unique royal blue pattern used on the (long) sleeves.
Finally, the pre-match shirt (to be used in the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup) is predominantly dark blue at the top and for the sleeves, transitioning to white on the bottom through a diagonal, 90s-inspired graphic print that also involves the club’s primary colour of royal blue.
The training shirt and pre-match shirt include Chelsea’s training-exclusive sponsor Carabao, although this sponsorship is currently up in the air as the current deal with the Thai energy drink company ends at the end of this season.
WHEN WILL THE KITS BE LAUNCHED?
While the 2019-20 home, away and third kits will be launched between May and September, the ‘cup’ kit is expected to not be released before October, which falls in line with when the Blues play their first European games of the season.
This does not include the UEFA Super Cup in August however if the club wins the Europa League this season.