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Chelsea run out in new kit, but three is the magic number for West Ham

Chelsea have unveiled their 2020-21 home kit, but Three took on a whole different meaning for the Blues at West Ham on Wednesday.
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Chelsea unveiled their 2020-21 home kit this week, revealing a new stripped back aesthetic and a brand new shirt sponsor along with it.

Gone is the abstract mottled motifs (apparently inspired by the architecture of Stamford Bridge) of last year’s jersey, replaced by a slick all-blue number.

Clubs love to run out in their new kits towards the end of the previous season. And they really would like to christen it with a victory.

It didn’t quite go to plan for Frank Lampard‘s men when they made the trip to take on West Ham United at the London Stadium on Wednesday.

Introducing our new @nikefootball 20/21 home kit, and shirt partner @ThreeUK! The herringbone-knit pattern is inspired by the traditional craft of London tailoring.

Available 09.07.20 #ItsAChelseaThing #ThePrideOfLondon pic.twitter.com/sFGBmjcbJP

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 1, 2020

The new kit is inspired by London’s proud history of fine tailoring, with a subtle herringbone design helping to emphasise the Blues’ bold new sponsor logo.

We hear that ‘Three’ is a magic number. #COYB https://t.co/JkKNIAeN7P

— Three UK (@ThreeUK) July 1, 2020

It’s perhaps fitting then that Chelsea’s swanky 2020-21 shirt was worn for the first time for their midweek trip across town to face West Ham — a game they went onto lose by a rather unfortunate scoreline.

Our new kit in Premier League action! 💙#WHUCHE pic.twitter.com/WqOq4MdZXK

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 1, 2020

The perfect symmetry between the dreadful result and the number freshly festooned all over Frank Lampard‘s vanquished team’s torsos didn’t go unnoticed.

Chelsea wore their new kit for the first time against West Ham.

How many goals did they concede? pic.twitter.com/dOQJNoLHbU

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 1, 2020

After slumping to an unfortunate 3-2 defeat in the final minute at the London Stadium, Chelsea saw their five-match winning streak brought to an unceremonious end while all wearing large No. 3s across their midriffs.

Outstanding commitment to their new sponsors from Chelsea to ship three goals in the first kit with the 3 logo on. Corporate relationships through the roof

— Aaron Bower (@AaronBower) July 1, 2020

Of course, with three points also being magnanimously donated to the Hammers, many Blues fans were left wondering just how much of a jinx their new sponsors will prove to be.

The threes kept coming as it was also pointed out that Chelsea had missed the chance to climb up into third place in the Premier League by capitulating in east London.

As you might expect, West Ham were also quick to rub it in too.

Three. Huge. Points.


— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 1, 2020

Magic number, indeed.

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