Benfica Wore Last Season's Away Kit Against Ajax

Benfica wore their away kit from the 20-21 season in last night’s Champions League round of 16 match against Ajax.

Why Benfica Wore Old Kit vs Ajax

The photos below show Benfica in action on Tuesday night in their away shirt from the 20-21 season.

The Lisbon side took to the field wearing the simple black and silver design that was released in summer 2020 a for a very straightforward reason. As Ajax were the home side, they wore their famous red and white home kit. Benfica’s home kit is red and their away kit is white, which immediately ruled out those options.

Benfica's 21-22 home, away and third shirts

The one remaining option was their black, grey and red third kit. The presence of red along with the light shade of grey used prominently on the front of the shirt may have been deemed to provide insufficient contrast with Ajax’s jersey, so the safer option of last season's black away kit was worn to avoid any risk of a kit clash.

They're not the only side to use an old kit this season, with Barcelona wearing their Seynera kit originally released for the 19-20 season, something they've done every year since it's release.

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