Images of Chelsea’s new third shirt have been circulating on the Internet since the usually-reliable Footy Headlines first posted a shot on August 3rd.
Since then another image has surfaced, making this leak unofficially the official confirmation.
So here it is. (Ed.note: it might actually be a mock-up of a leak, but either way, it’s probably pretty close to the final product.)
Official Chelsea FC Nike Vapor Knit Strike Third Kit 2018-19— Citron (@citronFC) August 20, 2018
Leaked by Footy Headlines pic.twitter.com/T3NwYefLBj
And on an actual human being, artfully but unhelpfully displayed.
We can’t see the back, but it looks like there might be a vertical stripe coming down from the collar (as on the away shirt). The sleeves are different to the torso, finally giving Chelsea a shirt with Nike’s trademark look from the last few years. I’m not a fan, but tastes differ. The badge is bereft of any red or other colour highlights, just two tones. We haven’t seen any leaks of the shorts or socks yet, so a bit of a mystery there.
Colors overall are a bit hard to tell as well; the shirt might be a faded denim kind of blue, or it might be a gray. (This is reminiscent of the gold dress/blue dress internet rage of a few years ago.) Previous leaks called it “baby blue”, comparing it to the very light blue 2005-06 away kit, the last by Umbro, in Chelsea’s centennial year.