Midweek Mashup – Leicester City, 2017
For Leicester City’s title-winning season of 2015-16, the club reverted to an all-blue home kit for the first time in seven years.
With events of that historic campaign presumably playing a part, each subsequent strip has had blue shorts, equalling the previous longest all-blue run from 1992-96.
In addition, the Foxes’ change kits have been monochrome, with four all-white strips, three black and one red. As far as we can make out, there has only been one game since the summer of 2015 where the blue shirts have been worn with non-blue shorts.
It came in the Champions League run of 2016-17. While things were going fairly badly in the league, they adapted well to European football and topped their group ahead of Porto, Copenhagen and Club Brugge.
Sevilla provided the opposition in the last 16 and, while Leicester lost 2-1 in Spain, goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton secured a famous 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium (known as Leicester City Stadium for the competition by Uefa, incidentally).
In the quarter-finals, Leicester faced another Spanish side, Atletico Madrid, and Los Colchoneros were responsible for the one mashup instance.
Atletico of course wear red and white stripes with blue shorts, meaning there was a shorts-clash to be sorted, though domestically Leicester had taken to wearing change kits quite often.
However, this was the season where the away was red – although rarely worn – while the attractive white shirt with blue pinstripes was also ruled out. The logical decision was to wear the shorts from that kit with the home shirts, while they also opted for white socks, a look the club had had from 1973-1990.
Unfortunately for Leicester, Antoine Griezmann’s penalty was the only goal at Estadio Vicente Calderón. Back in all-blue at home the following week, Leicester fell 2-0 behind on aggregate as Saúl struck early and though Jamie Vardy did level things on the night, another comeback was beyond them.
Nevertheless, a quarter-final appearance was a fine achievement in their first season in the competition, with no other English side making the last eight that year.