Leicester start EPL title defence with defeat to Hull

Hull City's Scottish midfielder Robert Snodgrass celebrates with Hull City's Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady and Hull City's Norwegian striker Adama Diomande LINDSEY PARNABY  AFP  Getty Images

FC's Craig Burley joined Sportscenter to talk Leicester City's shocking defeat at the hands of Hull City.

"They played better", Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri told Sky Sports.

Wes Morgan was such a tower of strength in the inner defence for the Foxes and irrespective of whether ET lands again -- that's the probability Ranieri has said of them retaining the title -- he needs to anchor the backline for the champions to stay competitive.

In a match that was barren for most of the first half before suddenly coming to life at the end when Adama Diomande was awarded a goal that looked like it could have gone to Abel Hernandez as well.

Leicester responded immediately after half-time, winning a penalty within 20 seconds of the restart as Tom Huddlestone was judged to have clipped Demarai Gray inside the area.

Hull then got their noses back in front on 57 minutes with a powerful left-footed strike from Robert Snodgrass after sloppy defending from Leicester and the Tigers held on to record a major upset.

"We always had (togetherness)", he said.

But the day's spotlight was inevitably going to be trained on Guardiola, given his trophy-laden spells at Bayern and Barcelona, and his new club's hunger for league success.

The Spaniard quickly put his stamp on the team with debuts for new signings John Stones and Nolito and a surprise decision to replace goalkeeper Joe Hart with Willy Caballero.

His team certainly got off to a ideal start, with Raheem Sterling winning a penalty that was converted by Sergio Aguero after only four minutes.

Argentina forward Aguero drove in the spot-kick, but Sunderland equalised in the 71st minute.

That set the stage for a late flurry of City pressure which culminated in former Manchester United defender McNair heading a Jesus Navas cross into his own net from close-range.

Sidenote: Raheem Sterling has an incredibly hard summer when he was blamed for England's struggles in France but he was exceptional in his first game under Pep and might just be the kind of player that the Spaniard can turn into a superstar. The Toffees began without the injured Romelu Lukaku but took the lead when Ross Barkley's free-kick beat Hugo Lloris as the England midfielder scored for the first time since February. "It was fingers crossed to make sure we had enough players, but full credit to them".

Koeman added: "I think it's a fair result".

"I'm very pleased about the performance", said the manager.

Striker Salomon Rondon nodded the only goal to give West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in their opening Premier League match of the season.

Leroy Fer scored a late victor as Swansea beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor and a header from West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon gave the visitors a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.



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