Chelsea drop stylish 22/23 home shirt

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Chelsea have officially unveiled their stylish new home shirt for the upcoming campaign. 

The Londoners have now shown off their new playing shirts, which pays tribute to one of the most important figures in the club's history ,Ted Drake, who helped the Blues to their first top-flight league title triumph in 1955. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see Chelsea's new home shirt!  

The latest jersey has been launched just in time for the beginning of pre-season, with Chelsea's first match scheduled to take place on 17 July. 

"It is 70 years since Drake joined Chelsea as manager in 1952 and his influence can still be strongly felt at Stamford Bridge, a theme continued by our new home kit, with several features a nod towards the innovative changes he made in modernising the club, producing one of the biggest turning points in our history," a statement on Chelsea's official website read.  

"The visionary former Chelsea manager is best remembered for guiding us to our first-ever top-flight league title in 1955, having recruited wisely and in contrast to the past when unreliable big names were signed.

"... Drake was the man who changed the club’s nickname from 'the Pensioners' to 'the Blues', feeling it more fitting for the dynamic team he was building in west London. It is a moniker which has remained ever since and 'the Blues' appears in the detailing on the buttons of the new shirt's collar.

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"That collar also references another change to the club's identity made by Drake which has stood the test of time – the introduction of the iconic 'lion rampant regardant' to the club's badge – replacing the image of a Chelsea Pensioner as the central theme under the legendary Blues boss.

"The current badge is largely similar to the one which was worn on the team's shirts for the first time during Drake's final season at the Bridge in 1960/61, with the 'lion rampant regardant' still present and inspiring the Pride of London. 

"Symbolic of the club's determination and fearlessness, the heraldic lion features further on the Henley neckline in a turquoise pattern. A detail that evokes 1950s style with a contemporary twist, it feels as fresh today as Drake’s vision did way back when."

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