Thursday, March 30, 2023

What Crisis? Twitter Expresses Shock As Hull City Slay Defending Champions Leicester City

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Sourav Bhakat
An ardent sports lover who loves to sleep, eat and watch Manchester City play. In that order.

The Premier League is back and how! One match. One Upset.

Hull City have probably pulled off one of the shocks of the season in the very first match. Leicester City confidently travelled to the KCOM Stadium as they began their title defence against a team who had no manager, had not made a single signing in the window, had only 13 senior players in the squad. Cakewalk, right?

Seemingly not as Hull had extremely contrasting ideas and it looked like as if they used their free time in the summer to watch Dvds of their opponent’s title triumph. Hull looked hungrier, more hurt and played like a team with not much to lose. Once they took the lead through Diomande’s overhead scissor kick, Hull suddenly looked like a team who believed they could nick something and went in at half-time with their tails up. Mahrez got them level, blasting the ball to the centre of the net after Huddlestone had tripped Ahmed Musa on the edge of the area, but the referee blew the whistle for a penalty. Leicester looked as though they could impose themselves on the game after that, but the team looked disjointed and a bit rusty. Jamie Vardy was particularly wasteful as he found it difficult to get into his rhythm. His partnership with Musa showed promise but the final product was missing.

Musa showed glimpses of his potential and was full of running and invention. But it was not to be Leicester’s day as Schmeichel gave away possession from a throw as he looked to release Demarai Gray and Hull pounced on the mistake to put the ball in the box and Snodgrass volleyed home as the ball fell kindly to him.

Hull managed to hold on to the lead and the match ended 2-1. Mike Phelan might have done enough to convince the board to give him a go on a permanent basis. But Ranieri will look to get his charges back on track as they faced their second defeat in a week’s time. A habit they had given up last season.

Twitter reacted to this shock development and praised the uncertain and unpredictable nature of the Premier League.

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