Struggling to Kepa count
Last season, it took until April for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to wear a third different kit. The Spaniard wore green for much of the campaign with orange favoured as a back-up, but then away to Liverpool a grey outfit appeared.
However, the custodian has already surpassed that in the current campaign and he will further add to his tally this week.
Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper kit this season is a yellow version of the standard Nike template and Arrizabalaga wore that in the Premier League opener against Manchester United as well as the games against Leicester City and Sheffield United (when Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson also wore yellow).
After the United game, Chelsea took on Liverpool in the Uefa Supercup. As mentioned previously, the Reds had to wear altered socks while Kepa wore a grey kit.
This was of a different design and featured the classic Nike logo, intended to be used with the firm’s roster of third kits this season, but Chelsea have classed it as their first-choice European goalkeeper kit.
Back in the Premier League, the away game at Norwich City saw Arrizabalaga in black as neither the yellow nor the turquoise green back-up could be used.
Then, this weekend against Wolverhampton Wanderers the turquoise got its first outing.
That made it four kits in six games but that it set to become five in seven on Tuesday as Chelsea host Valencia in their first Champions League game. With the grey deemed to clash with Valencia’s white, their second choice for Europe is an orange version of the same design.