Leicester City’s 2-1 defeat to Hull City on the first day of the Premier League season was more than a blip. It was abnormal.
Why so you ask? Because they just became the first champions since Arsenal in August 1989 to lose the opening match of their defense. The defending Premier League champions have never lost their opening game the following season. In fact, the defending champions have won all but four games on the opening weekend.
To their credit, Leicester played without recent new signing Nampalys Mendy – bought to replace midfielder N’Golo Kante after his big-money move to Chelsea – whose wife went into labor overnight.
Those key changes were partly responsible for the visitors’ surprise defeat to the newly promoted Tigers at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
Beginning your title defense is never straightforward, though, according to Thierry Henry, who won the Premier League twice while with Arsenal in 2002 and 2004.
Thiery Henry throwing shade: 😂 😂
I did not think they were great at the end of the day, but that is what they are going to have to deal with as champions.