Well, what did we make of that then? The first round of Saturday games of the new Premier League season have been and gone, with the exception of Man City v Sunderland this evening, and we can take a lot away from the first few games.
The opening round of games saw some interesting ties pop up with both the champions and some new boys in action, as Hull City hosted Leicester and Stoke faced a trip to Middlesbrough.
Other fixtures to catch the eye were Everton v Tottenham where Ronald Koeman went in search of his first win as Toffees manager, meanwhile, down at his old clubs two new managers went head to head as Claude Puel and Southampton played host to Walter Mazzari’s Watford.
West Brom were the visitors at Selhurst Park for their season opener against Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side whilst the final promoted side, Burnley, opened their campaign at home to Swansea.
With all said and done from the earlier Saturday fixtures, here’s FOUR things we learnt…
I think everyone knew that N’Golo Kante was a big loss for the champions, however, not quite as bigger loss as it looked to be today.
The Foxes lost the opening game of their title defence as they fell 2-1 losers to Hull City at the KC Stadium, and it was a worrying watch.
Although they were also without Huth it was surprising just how big a hole Kante can leave, for such a small man. Andy King, although a good player, is just nowhere near the standard of his predecessor, and left the back four very exposed at times.
The Tigers went into their first game back in the Premier League in an absolute mess, without a manager, chaos at boardroom level and just 13 fit first team players, the club is in dire straits.
That said, what a performance! No one expected Mike Phelan’s men to get a sniff against the champions but they played with great passion, grit and scored two fantastic goals to boot, they will not roll over easily.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Saints fans at St. Mary’s as they had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with ten man Watford.
This summer window has seen a host of top talent depart the South Coast once again and, whilst they have continued to improve in previous years, they may not get away with it this season.
Claude Puel’s side looked lacklustre and devout of ideas in the first half and were saved by a debut goal from Nathan Redmond in the second half, his performance the silver lining in a worry display for Saints fans.
With all the new arrivals in the Premier League, it has once again been billed as the most attractive and exciting league in world football, it is far from it.
That was one of the dullest Saturday afternoons in recent memory, and after the awful spectacle that was Euro 2016, the Premier League has a lot to do in order to stop me from watching the cricket from now on.