‘The stage is lit’: Chelsea unveil home strip for 2018-19 season featuring red and white stripes… and fans will have to fork out £90 for the playing shirt

Chelsea already have their sights on next season and have unveiled their new strip ahead of the upcoming campaign.

The 2018-19 home kit will be the traditional royal blue but will feature red and white stripes emblazoned across it.

The red is a nod to the roses and footballs on the Chelsea badge and harks back to the 2010-11 jersey which featured red piping across the collar.

Supporters will have to fork out £90 to own a match shirt, but there is a cheaper replica option available for £65.

The match shorts, which are a more traditional, plain blue, will also set fans back £55.

Upon unveiling the strip on social media, the club wrote: ‘The stage is lit. Introducing our 2018-19 home kit!’

The Blues will hope it brings them better fortune next year following a rather underwhelming league campaign this term.

Chelsea have to beat Newcastle on the last day of the season and hope Liverpool slip up against Brighton in order to gain a spot in next year’s Champions League.

They do, however, have the FA Cup final against Manchester United to look forward to as they bid to salvage the season with some silverware.

Salah: I always wanted to prove Chelsea wrong

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah revealed his desire to prove critics wrong from his time at Chelsea had motivated him this season.

Salah has scored 43 goals in all competitions this campaign, leading Liverpool to the Champions League final.

The 25-year-old collected Liverpool’s Player and Players’ Player of the Season awards on Thursday, as well as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year prize.

Salah has dominated the Premier League after an unsuccessful stay at Chelsea, who had the Egypt international on their books from 2014-16.

The superstar forward said he always wanted to return to England to silence his critics.

“I was here like four years ago and a lot of people said he couldn’t [have] success, that I cannot play in the Premier League, [that] it was very difficult for him,” Salah said.

“So it was always in my mind to come back. From the first day I left Chelsea, it was always in my mind to make them wrong.

“I made them wrong.”

Not a bad night’s work, @MoSalah! #LFCPlayerAwards pic.twitter.com/WdM6uQJi5z

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 10, 2018

Liverpool are close to sealing a top-four finish in the Premier League ahead of hosting Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day on Sunday.

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