Chelsea has officially released the club’s new kits for the 2022/2023 season
There is only one month to go until Thomas Tuchel’s men begin the new campaign away at Everton
However, meaning their kit launch has come a lot later than usual
likely a result of the recent change of ownership at Stamford Bridge.
Just over four weeks before that opener on Merseyside, the Blues have released their strip
Designed by kit manufacturers Nike, for the upcoming season, which pays homage to legendary former boss Ted Drake.
While the base color is a fairly standard royal blue, it also features a striking turquoise and white lion collar as a tribute to Drake on the 70th anniversary of his iconic appointment as manager.
The ex-Arsenal and England forward, who passed away in 1995
Guided Chelsea to their first-ever top-flight title back in 1955, as well as revolutionized the club by changing their nickname from ‘the Pensioners’ to ‘the Blues’.
Drake’s long-standing moniker is therefore included in the detailing on the buttons of the opinion-dividing collar, which is also a reference to the club great.
The collar is a nod towards another of his historic tweaks in west London; switching the club’s badge from an image of a Chelsea Pensioner to a ‘lion rampant regardant’.