Premier League champions Manchester City will open their Premier League title defence in a smart, dark blue kit after the Citizens revealed their away kersey on Tuesday.

“Drawing inspiration from a key moment in the Club’s history, the 2018/19 away kit features a dark blue shirt with field blue and luminous yellow pin stripes down the front and back, alongside dark blue shorts,” a statement on the club website read.

Pep Guardiola’s men, who won the Premier League and the Carabao Cup last season, begin their new campaign with an away trip to Arsenal on August 12.

“Design creative comes from the 1998/9 away shirt which was worn when City memorably beat Gillingham in the Second Division play-off final at Wembley to make an immediate return to Division One.”

Here’s star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne rocking the new kit:

As is the case with most top clubs sponsored by American sportswear giants Nike, there are two variants of the jersey.

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The first one, which will be worn by the players on matchdays, costs £125.89 for the ‘vapor’ top while the shorts retail for £61.02 and the stockings are priced at £34.31.

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The watered-down version of the kit is much more pocket-friendly for the shirt retails for a comparatively-modest £68.65. The ‘stadium’ shorts are priced at £34.31 while the stockings will set you back by £13.70 (all prices as per Manchester City’s online store).

City have started pre-season, but their first fixture of the summer ended in defeat at the hands of German giants Borussia Dortmund.

They next face Liverpool on Thursday (0530 IST) and the club confirmed that Guardiola’s men will be donning the new away kit for the first time against the Reds.