Leicester City lost 2-1 to Hull City on the opening day of the Premier League season and Claudio Ranieri wasn’t particularly happy after his team were shocked by the beleaguered Tigers.
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The manager of the reigning PL champs saw his side create plenty of chances but Jamie Vardy was guilty of missing at least two clear opportunities as the Foxes became the first reigning champions in PL history to lose on the opening day of the season following their title triumph.
Speaking to the club website after the game, Ranieri bemoaned the fact that his team didn’t play together as one.
“We equalized immediately from the start of the second half and when we went on the counter attack, we lost the ball on halfway and they scored again. After that it was a very tough match and we tried to do our best but we made a lot of effort individually, but not so well as a team,” Ranieri said. “I’m very pleased with the number of chances we created but of course I want to see a team.
“Our strength is as a team. Today we were better, harder, but not like a team. When I played with four strikers it was important to play with [Ahmed] Musa and Riyad [Mahrez] very wide. They wanted to score and they went very close. This season is harder. It’s harder but we must compete very well. Better than today with more attitude and motivation because that is our strength.”
Leicester did create chances going forward with Ahmed Musa looking particularly menacing when he ran at Hull’s defense but the main issue was defensively.
Yes, the Foxes were missing Robert Huth through suspension but the issues were more than that. On several set pieces Leicester looked shaky with Kasper Schmeichel coming and missing on a few occasions, plus new signing Luis Hernandez had a debut to forget at center back.
All in all, it was a disappointing start to the season for Leicester against a fired up and clinical Hull side. Now Ranieri’s side have a tough schedule coming up with Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea coming up in their next seven games.