Chelsea host Real Madrid for the Champions League semi-final second leg. This is the opportunity for us to present to you the pairs of shoes that will be present at the feet of the stars this evening at Stamford Bridge.
The finals of the Champions League represent a golden opportunity for the biggest equipment manufacturers who can highlight their latest generations of shoes. While Real Madrid are equipped by adidas and Nike respectively, let’s see if that translates to the feet of the players.
After showing a beautiful face in the first leg, the Blues are approached to start the second round with the same composition where we would find 6 players equipped by Nike against 5 players equipped by adidas. Puma is therefore absent from the eleven of the Blues and it should be the same for Real Madrid since Raphaël Varane, who wears the Puma Ultra, should be absent due to injury. Among Madrid, 7 pairs of Adidas and 4 pairs of Nike should take place at kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Unveiled last January, the Predator Freak should be the most represented pair at Stamford Bridge tonight as it should be shod by Édouard Mendy, Kurt Zouma, Marco Asensio, Ferland Mendy, Nacho and Eder Militao. The purple, pink and black colourway of the Superspectral pack will dominate the game. On this pair, we find the new trademark of the silo with the “Demonskin” which are small rubber scales that would optimize the touch of the ball.
Released in summer 2020, the X Ghosted stands out thanks to its lightness and explosiveness provided by the sole SpeedFrame and its insert Carbitex in carbon fiber. Tonight, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kanté and Timo Werner are expected to wear the adidas speed shoe in their latest orange-pink colourway from the Superspectral pack.
It’s a surprise, the Copa Sense will not be present for this Champions League evening since Sergio Ramos and César Azpilicueta wear the Copa Mundial 20 with its famous kangaroo leather and visible seams. The Real Madrid captain wears a black and orange pair while the Chelsea captain is more classic with a white and black pair.
While the OEMs unveil new pairs every month, Toni Kroos is old school and wears the same Adipure 11pro in its white, blue and black colourway since 2014. On this pair so dear to the German world champion, we obviously find the kangaroo leather of yesteryear. The Real Madrid midfielder completes the list of players equipped by adidas. There will be no trace of the Nemeziz at the kickoff of this Chelsea – Real Madrid.
The legendary Mercurial Safari is back in a color that differs from the original and it should be worn by Christian Pullisic, Ben Chilwell and Eden Hazard in the Vapor 14 version where we find the technology Vaporposite, which is a mesh upper that would improve ball control and feel like a second skin as it is thin. These will be the only three players to evolve with the last generation of the most popular silo since Luka Modrić still plays with the Vapor 13 and its rod in Flyknit in its orange color.
While it was only present at the feet of Alessandro Florenzi last night, the Tiempo Legend 8 of the Spectrum pack will be at the feet of Thibaut Courtois, Antonio Rüdiger, Thiago Silva and Jorginho. The so-called Defender’s Shoe appears here in a platinum hue with a hint of neon green at the comma. We find the classic kangaroo leather as on the shoes of yesteryear with a touch of modernity brought by the plate Hyperstability which is very light.
Omnipresent during the match between Manchester City and Real Madrid, the Phantom GT from the Spectrum pack and its royal blue color will only be worn by 2 players at Stamford Bridge in the absence of Dani Carvajal, who usually wears the pair. Thus, Casemiro and Mason Mount will put on these shoes where the Flyknit takes place on the upper with technology ACC which would provide optimal ball control in all playing conditions.
Due to the absence of Raphaël Varane, we will retain the total absence of Puma ambassadors in the field and the dominance of the Adidas Predator Freak unveiled last January.
Nike photo credits: @SoccerBible