The first saw action at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday against Manchester United and belonged to the mighty Real Madrid. A simply beautiful kit honed out of one of the most unfashionable colours in football, green, but in a rich dark ‘Racing Green’ shade. So classy, its a really strong example of elegant kit design with adidas’ three stripes given more of a supporting role than usual thanks to being knocked back to a subtle silver. It also accompanied a controversial but valuable Real win.
A couple of days later Inter Milan turned up at White Hart Lane for their Europa League fixture with Spurs carrying their all-red kit in their luggage despite their being no clash with Spurs’ white strip. Another good looking Nike kit, with simple but effective incorporation of Inter’s blue and black on the cuffs, it is one, however, that has become very unpopular with Inter supporters as of course it rather foolishly features one of the main colours of their bitter rivals AC Milan. Inter were well and truly beaten by AVB’s boys.
Interestingly, Real were reluctant to wear their green kit on Tuesday, which they have come to see as an unlucky outfit, and wanted to sport their famous and traditional all-white. This however would have meant Manchester United would have had to sport black shorts and socks due to the colour clash. Quite rightly, as the home side United refused to do this and UEFA forced Real to wear their special European change kit.
It was a very different story in London on Thursday however with, it appears, Inter’s kit choice governed by a simple desire to give exposure to their red strip in the hope of shifting a few extra replicas. Their comprehensive defeat to Spurs ensured this plan backfired somewhat.
Hmmm…is there a lesson to be learnt here when it comes to deciding which kit to wear away from home….!?