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Tottenham Hotspur v RB Leipzig - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Hello, all!

José Mourinho is still in despair, and is expressive about it.

Ramble of the Day

There were many, many takeaways from yesterday’s match, and I imagine you’ll take to the comments unpacking all of them when you get the chance. One of the many things worth breaking down is the very curious case of RB Leipzig’s mismatched kits.

It was weird and slightly distracting. Above all, it required an explanation because it was a very unusual occurrence. Lucky for us, we got one!

It seems pretty straightforward, but I did just end up with one more question: What happens if the team loses all of the kits?

Clearly in a short time frame, they couldn’t arrange the number of kits they needed in time for the game, so I think it might be fair to assume that it would be very difficult to do so if all the kits went missing. So, would they have someone grab a certain amount out of the club shop or a warehouse and fly or ship the kits as quickly as possible? I’d imagine that’s the most likely scenario, but again, what if they can’t make it in time? I’m guessing again, but maybe they ask for permission to wear training gear during the match.

Really, though, the answer I’m hoping for is that they’d ask the home team for their away or third kits and just wear those, probably without names but with numbers.

tl;dr: RB Leipzig lost some kits on the way to London, and I wonder what would happen if a team lost all their kits.

Links of the Day

Japan’s new, fully professional women’s league will begin play in September 2021, and will teams to fill leadership and staff positions by hiring women.

Female footballers in Spain signed their first collective agreement on pay and benefits, guaranteeing players a minimum salary of €16,000.

Chelsea said a number of Manchester United fans made homophobic chants before and during the teams’ Monday meeting.

West Ham lifted the season-long ban it imposed on a supporter after he wore a shirt protesting the club’s leadership.

Today’s longer read: Marina Hyde on BBC’s firing of Craig Ramage and the inaction across football when it comes to racism for The Guardian