Even after the unpredictability of last season, very few would have given Hull City a hope in this Premier League opener.
The Premier League Champions had never lost their opening game of the following season before today. But the Premier League has not been following the script as of late and Leicester know that more than anyone else.
Hull City, without a permanent manager and with a squad in disarray were the bookies favourites to get relegated before the big kick off. Those odds may have been cut following this result, albeit in the first game of the season but Hull’s performance surprised many, including the home crowd who amongst all the off the pitch problems, got behind their team excellently.
This Leicester City side had a similar look to last season, but also notable differences. The lack of N’Golo Kante in midfield and Robert Huth in defence were telling. No defensive authority in a goal-line scramble led to Abel Hernandez acrobatically putting Hull City ahead. Riyad Mahrez converted a penalty just seconds into the second half, but Hull replied almost immediately with a Robert Snodgrass strike from outside of the box.
Stat of the Match: Hull City scored as many goals (2) against Champions Leicester as they had managed in their previous 5 Premier League games
If this was the first game of last season, I don’t think anybody would have been shocked about this result but Leicester City are now the reigning Premier League Champions and they need to get used to that extra burden. Here’s a sample of reaction from Twitter.
Leicester finding out early that everyone wants to beat the Champions…
— Carl Bövis ⚽ (@CarlBovis_AFC) August 13, 2016
But even if Leicester get relegated it won’t matter.
They did in one season what Epl mainstay teams haven’t done in years.
— M’Mányárá (@TEETO_KE) August 13, 2016
Imagine if Hull won the league this season. pic.twitter.com/3w2EWaxMyg
— Busby MUFC (@BusbyMUFC) August 13, 2016
We all had two Hull players to score a joint bicycle kick as the first goal of the season, right?
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) August 13, 2016
Leicester fans right now pic.twitter.com/kcq5MJy9KT
— ~ (@lmfaoarsenal) August 13, 2016
I Kante see how Leicester Kante beat hull..
— POGBOOOM (@UtdNo6) August 13, 2016
Hull fans: “We’re top of the of the league… We’re top of the league… We’re top of the league!”
Good spirit. pic.twitter.com/gXec2C0lHf
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 13, 2016
Hull have played well today, fair play to them
— Aylestone (@AylestoneLCFC) August 13, 2016
Leicester city are about to find out the hard way that EPL doesn’t like fairy tales
— kenna (@kennagq) August 13, 2016
I know it sounds stupid considering they won the league but Leicester really aren’t that good and weren’t last season either.
— The Anfield Chat (@TheAnfieldChat) August 13, 2016
This result just showed that we are in for another unpredictable campaign. Hull showed similar characteristics that made Leicester City so successful last season. The lowly Premier League sides have been watching and you can expect them to attempt to recreate Leicester City’s style in order to win points. Fearless, counter-attacking football. Leicester, on the other hand, will need to get used to having the ball more often and the ‘tinker man’ Ranieri must find a new way to play.
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