The new strip was released on Monday morning, with the red and blue stripes looking just like a classic Eagles number, although Chelsea claim that their inspiration came from elsewhere.
The club tweeted alongside pictures of the new jersey: ‘Meet a new legacy. The 20/21 @nikefootball third kit is here!
‘One for the sneakerheads. Inspired by the 1990s Ultramarine Air Max 180 and classic shirts of the past! Available 10.09.20. #ItsAChelseaThing’
Unimpressed with that final hashtag, Crystal Palace retweeted the pictures with the caption: ‘ItsNotThoughIsIt’
Chelsea went into further detail on the inspiration behind the kit on their website, although it is not simply red and blue, it is ’ember glow and ultramarine.’
The kit, which Chelsea will wear for our European campaign, is part of a wider Nike collection which celebrates jersey culture and the iconic Air Max archives,’ the official Chelsea site read.
‘The Blues’ new design is heavily influenced by the much-loved original Air Max 180, a shoe which was first released in 1991 and also shares the inspirations of the Chelsea kits of the era.
‘The colours shine through in a third kit which takes all those influences and creates a sharp, modern football kit.
‘The primary colour is ember glow, with ultramarine blue playing a strong supporting role. The blue appears on the jersey’s V-neck collar, shoulders and on vertical stripes which gradually fade away down the front of the shirt. Ember glow shorts and blue socks complete the full look.’
Chelsea get their Premier League campaign underway at Brighton on Monday night while Crystal Palace host Southampton on Saturday.