EPL First Weekend Review – What Went Wrong For Leicester City?

EPL First Weekend Review – What Went Wrong For Leicester City?
Aug 18, 2016

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The Premier League didn’t fail to disappoint in its return this previous weekend, and whether you were supporting your team live in the stadium or through the comfort of your living room or local pub, you can’t deny feeling that football is finally back, after weeks of tense waiting following the end of the Euros. The first weekend brought many surprise results, such as Liverpool recording a first away win of the season in a 7 goal thriller at the Emirates, however, the biggest shock of the weekend has to be Premier League champions Leicester City losing their first game of the season at the hands of Hull City, a managerless team who everyone had written off leading into the weekend, so what went wrong for the Foxes in their 2-1 defeat at the KCOM Stadium?

 

 

Lack Of Cutting Edge 

If you were like me, and had other commitments while the Leicester game was being played, then looked at the result later in the day, you would have surely assumed that Leicester got unlucky, and would have outplayed Hull, however, upon watching highlights, this was definitely not the case, and Hull looked far more resolute and complete as a team, even though they only had a squad of 13 fit players. Jamie Vardy was marked out of the game by makeshift centre back partnership Livermore and Davies, and when the Leicester marksman got his chances, he bottled them, and this was reflected when he punched himself in the face in anger after missing a chance where on last seasons form he would have been expected to smash the ball in the back of the net. While Riyad Mahrez played well, Leicester still lacked that cutting edge on the break, and their once potent counter attacks were easily thwarted by the Hull City midfield and defence. Leicester City face Arsenal on Saturday, with both teams sitting near the bottom of the table after winless first games, if Leicester want to stand a chance of winning that game, Jamie Vardy needs to have his shooting boots on and make sure he buries the chances he gets.

 

 

Losing Kante Is Proving To Be A Big Blow

There is no doubting how instrumental N’Golo Kante was in the Leicester City midfield last season, the Frenchman clocked up more tackles and interceptions than any other player in the Premier League, and played a pivotal role in Leicester winning the title. As soon as Kante left every football fan wondered how Leicester would cope without him, and there was no doubting that losing the midfield maestro would be a big blow for the champions, however no one would have expected Leicesters midfield to look as weak without him as it did last weekend. Claudio Ranieri has obviously got it right in the past in terms of scouting talent, and he has brought in fellow Frenchman Nampalys Mendy to replace Kante, and although it may be unfair to judge after the first game, so far it seems that Kante will be somewhat irreplaceable based on Leicesters lack-lustre midfield performance in the game against Hull City.

 

 

Hull Were Tactically Sound

Coming into the weekend and the season in general, almost everyone, including the less optimistic fans of the club itself, had written off Hull City. I have seen countless Premier League predictions doing the rounds on social media, and I myself predicted Hull City to finish rock bottom and not even obtain over 20 points this PL campaign. And while the win over Leicester could well prove to be a fluke result, Hull showed real desire and passion in their victory, which are promising signs for the fans of the club. Going into the game Hull had 13 fit first team players, and only one fit centre half in Curtis Davies, however Jake Livermore took up the centre half role with open arms, and partnering Livermore with Davies proved to be a safe gamble for caretaker boss Mike Phelan. Hull had obviously done extensive homework on Leicester, as they managed to shut down almost every counter attack the champions had, as well as playing Jamie Vardy out of the game. Abel Hernandez continued his championship form and opened his Premier League campaign with a great goal, and Hull simply outplayed Leicester, giving the champions no chance of pouncing on any mistakes made by the midfield or defence. Many pundits and fans of the club believe Mike Phelan deserves to be full time manager of Hull, however this will ultimately be down to the owners, who aren’t exactly known for making great decisions, and have been subject to a lot of backlash from the fans and the media for the way they run the club. However, it is not my place to criticise, I am simply here to talk about football, and it will certainly be interesting to see how Hull cope in their first away game of the season this Saturday against Swansea City.

 

 

 

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