Red against blue. It’s as classic as football itself.
Liverpoool v Chelsea, a classic sporting rivalry for football in the 21st century.
But when the two teams meet in the FA Cup final on May 14, Chelsea will break with tradition. As confirmed by the club’s official website, we will be wearing our yellow shirts away, even though technically we are the home team!
Chelsea have already won the Super Cup as well as the Club World Cup this season in our traditional colours, but we lost the League Cup final to Liverpool even in the most unfortunate of circumstances. And more specifically, we haven’t had any luck lately in the home kit, already opting for the yellow jersey for the semi-final win over Crystal Palace (again, as the home team).
Of course it’s a “kit crime”. But it would be silly to tempt the footballing gods now – even though Thomas Tuchel proclaimed us not to be superstitious when asked about our struggles as Bridge during Friday’s press conference.
“We have a three-game home streak with similar results that we absolutely don’t like. Now is the job of convincing the players to keep going, the fans to keep pushing and staying positive because we have a lot to lean on, lean on and trust. Don’t be superstitious now and believe in things that don’t exist.
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Football.London
On the contrary, I would say let’s be as stitious as possible. Super-duper-stitious. All rituals, prayers, routines, and more. Gather all your lucky shoes, shirts, shin guards! And if you need to play the best song in the world – to crack his whipped tail – do it.
(NB. we may recall that last season we wore the ‘this year’ home kit against Leicester City in the FA Cup final, as did the women’s team against Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League final. The men’s team didn’t make that mistake against Manchester City in the other Champions League final…