Chelsea are returning to their home kit this season for the Champions League final against Man City amid concerns over some superstitious figures at the club after two defeats in the brand new 2021-22 shirt.
- Chelsea will meet rival Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday
- Thomas Tuchel’s men will not be wearing their new uniforms for the showdown in Portugal
- Next season’s kit was worn in the FA Cup final, which Chelsea lost to Leicester
- The women’s team also lost in the new kit in their Champions League final against Barca
Chelsea will keep this season’s home shirt for the Champions League final, allay the concerns of superstitious figures at the club who fear it might be bad luck to wear new comics early.
Manchester City and Chelsea will both wear their first-choice comics in Saturday’s final, as they have done in their three domestic encounters this season.
Unlike the FA Cup and Women’s Champions League Finals, when Chelsea run out of next season’s standout strip, Chelsea will return to the kit they’ve used for the showpiece for most of the campaign.
Chelsea will be wearing this season’s home shirt and not their new strip in the Champions League final
Sportsmail may reveal that some figures at the club fear it would be bad luck to switch to next season’s kit ahead of the new campaign.
Chelsea lost both of this month’s games in the 2021-22 kit – the finals were chosen as the ideal opportunity to showcase the new strip, as they came just days after the official unveiling.
When the temporary change was announced, plans for the upcoming Champions League final had not yet been decided, although Chelsea were back in their more famous strip for their last two league games.
Chelsea wore their new kit in the FA Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Leicester
Chelsea’s decision not to switch to next season’s kit on Saturday could indeed bodes well. The club switched to their new kit for the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United and lost on penalties.
But the next time they hit Europe’s biggest club game in 2012, they wore that season’s strip and beat Bayern Munich at home to be crowned champions for the first time.
Both of Chelsea’s Europa League wins, in 2013 and 2019, also came with wearing current rather than future kits.