Manchester City have revealed their home kit for the 2014-15 campaign, the strip in which they'll look to defend their Premier League title and break new ground in European competition.
Once again, Nike has taken care of the design process while Etihad Airways unsurprisingly remain as club sponsor, as announced by City's official Twitter account on Thursday:
The most noticeable change to this season's colour scheme is the dark blue sleeve cuffs and neck lining, replacing the white trim that featured in last term's triumph.
City have also chosen to return to a V-neck design, which descends into the chest before taking on a primary sky blue shade triangle:
Despite the intricacies of their squad, the Sheikh Mansour-owned outfit have once more chosen to trust in a fairly simple approach to their kit, although technology is said to play a big part in this more modern look.
Per the club's official website, City proclaim that Nike's Dri-Fit innovation "helps draw sweat away" from the person wearing it, but also outline another intriguing aspect, saying:
"The laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels featured in key areas of the kit increase air circulation to the players’ bodies to help regulate their temperatures throughout ninety minutes on the pitch."
It may merely be the usage of lasers that impresses in those terms, but "environmental sustainability" is perhaps Nike's biggest feat, adding that each kit is made using "an average of 18 plastic water bottles."
The shorts are made up of 100 percent polyester, while the shirts and socks themselves use slightly lower ratios of 96 percent 78 percent, respectively.
Manuel Pellegrini will care little for how his side look en route to clinching silverware, just as long as the end result comes with trophies in tow.
And the Chilean has sought to increase those chances with the summer signings of Bacary Sagna, Fernando and most recently Willy Caballero. They join from Arsenal (free agency), Porto and Malaga respectively.
One City superstar who may not be around to feature in the new design, however, is Yaya Toure, who after a tumultuous couple of months at the club could leave for pastures new.
French newspaper L'Equipe (h/t Independent's Charles Reynolds) says Juventus youngster Paul Pogba will become the Citizens' priority should Toure leave, a rumour which all began with City's failure to sufficiently acknowledge the midfielder's birthday.
With or without the Ivorian, it's guaranteed to be another stellar line-up that sports the Sky Blues' latest piece of craft, with excitement intensifying further ahead of what promises to be another thrilling campaign.
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