Kit of the Week #28: Chelsea go Baku to the Future

Chelsea allowed one of their boldest kits in recent years a final outing in Azerbaijan last night, giving fans some silverware to remember this dashing set of shirts by.

In what may be Eden Hazard’s parting gift to Chelsea fans, the Blues triumphed in the all-English Europa League Final in Baku last night.

After a goalless first-half, Maurizio Sarri’s men over-powered Arsenal to win 4-1 in Azerbaijan and deny their London rivals a place in next year’s Champions League.

Chelsea, Nike, Kit, Europa League, 2018-19
Blue is the Colour, but the return of red made these shirts sing

With speculation around his future reaching a crescendo of noise the atmosphere in the stadium rarely matched, Hazard gave a virtuoso performance in what may prove to be his last appearance for the Blues before his expected move to Real Madrid.

Chelsea finished the Premier League season kitted-out in Nike’s new abstract looking 2019-2020 shirts that pay homage to Stamford Bridge, but returned to this season’s strip for the trip to Baku.

Eden Hazard, Chelsea, kit
The new Chelsea kit they finished the Premier League season in

After the perfectly clean blues with white accents Nike had brought Chelsea in previous years, the reintroduction of red as a third colour with go-faster flashes across the shirt followed the more radical outlook on display from kit firms at Russia 2018.

Memories of great football shirts usually have a connection to a successful side, so with Sarri and Chelsea signing off the season in style, we hope this is a shirt that Blues fans remember with fondness in years to come.

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