Leicester fans are still recovering from last seasons stunning title winning antics, and still can’t quite believe it happened, and they have begun their title defence by breaking yet another record.
1 – This is the first time that a @PremierLeague champion will kick off the new season in the history of the competition. Curtain-raiser.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 13, 2016
Astonishingly the Foxes are the first Premier League champions who have taken parting in the opening game of the new season.
The champions did not begin their title defence in spectacular fashion however as they endured a shock 2-1 defeat to a scraped together – managerless – Hull City side, with just the one recognised centre back on the pitch and one senior name on the bench.
The Tigers closed out a rather dull first half with some spectacular synchronised acrobatics from Abel Hernandez and Adama Diomandé, with the latter being credited with the goal.
Straight from the restart, last season’s PFA Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez, pulled the visitors level from the spot after Demarai Gray was brought down, however replays showed he was outside the box.
Ryan Snodgrass bagged the winner for Mike Phelan’s cobbled together new boys with an emphatic volley on 57 minutes.
Maybe this is a record that Ranieri and his men would have rather left untouched…