May 18, 2022

Never say footballers aren’t superstitious

Chelsea will wear their yellow away kit against Liverpool in Saturday’s FA Cup final, despite the fact there is no kit clash with their opponents.

Liverpool, like they did when the two sides clashed in this season’s Carabao Cup final, will stick with their traditional red kit.

Chelsea’s lucky omen?

The Blues won the FA Cup in 2009 while donning a yellow kit as they secured a 2-1 win over Everton at Wembley, thanks to goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.

Thomas Tuchel’s men also wore yellow as they overcame fellow London club Crystal Palace in the semi-final earlier this season.

Prior to this campaign, the last season that Chelsea wore a yellow away kit was the 2017/18 campaign – when the club won the FA Cup with victory over Manchester United, despite actually wearing blue in the final at Wembley.

Following that triumph in the 2018 final, Chelsea have reached the FA Cup final in the past two seasons. However, the London club lost both games and did so in their iconic blue strip.

The first loss, which came in an empty Wembley Stadium, was against Arsenal. Last season, Tuchel’s side fell to defeat against Leicester City.

Chelsea will be hopeful that their yellow jersey will bring them luck in the final against Klopp’s men, just like it did when the Blues defeated Everton nearly 13 years ago, while, yes, they wore yellow.

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When the London club unveiled the away kit last summer, a statement read: “The pinstripe detail is a nod to kits of the past, but are refreshed by the alignment with black, representative of this new era of youthful energy taking over the club.”

Chelsea yellow kit Liverpool

Chelsea stars will pocket bonus if they defeat Liverpool

The Blues’ players will reportedly activate a total squad bonus of £1m should they overcome Jurgen Klopp’s side in the final.

The bonus would be shared between the squad on a pro-rata basis, with the amount of money each player receives linked to their involvement in games.

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