Premier League: Game Week 1 Phase 1

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FB_IMG_1471095992590Looks like the law of averages has caught up with Leicester city. The defending champs suffer opening day blues, as they lose out to newly promoted Hull City.

With the absence of Kante well evident in the midfield, the foxes never looked like favourites. Vardy, coming off a forgettable Euro outing, doesn’t seen to have lost the Hodgson effect as he skied balls that he wouldn’t have last season. Mahrez, in spite of showing glimpses of magic, couldn’t solo run his way through the hull defense. Very organized and co-ordinated, the tigers seem to have taken inspiration from their opponents’ tactics. The under-the-radar talisman in the Leicester line up from the previous season, Kasper Schmeichel had a mixed match, as he made outstanding saves but also was responsible for the error that lead to the second goal.

The best moment of the match was the first goal by Hull, a beautiful double bicycle kick from the Hull attackers, following a brilliant save from the Danish keeper. All in all, a great match. Despite being edgy, Leicester have shown enough not to be counted out. And Hull city, welcome to the premier league.

 

Pep Guardiola’s much anticipated debut in the premier league wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. The citizens took away three points but not with the audacity they were expected to win with.

It took Sergio Aguero a mere 3 minutes to get onto the score sheet. He converted a penalty kick after Sterling was brought down inside the box. Following that, the men from Manchester showed a lot of promise but weren’t deadly enough to stretch the lead. In the 70th minute however, Sunderland’s go to man, Defoe, equalized after some fascinating team play and sent the ball past the keeper. Just when it looked like David Moyes’ men had halted Pep, an own goal from Debutant McNair in the dying minutes ( in his defence, there was nothing he could have done ) made sure that city wouldn’t go out with just 1 paltry point.

More than the match, it was Pep’s decision to bench Hart and start with Caballero that was more interesting. Could this mean the Englishman’a future at city is in question?  Could we see a new man between the posts soon? Only Pep knows the answer and we hope he tells us soon.

 

Tottenham Hotspurs have begun where they left off last season – that barrage of winless matches that saw them finish below Arsenal after a position of so much strength. Albeit not as bad as Leicester, the men from north London could only salvage a draw against Everton.

The toffees took the lead around 5 minutes, after a beautiful free-kick by Ross Barkley. The ball missed every head on its path, and also dodged Lloris’ pair of hands to find the back of the net after a gorgeous arc. Despite the best efforts of the spurs’ players and some erratic defending, Everton held the lead for over 60 odd minutes. It was then that Eric Lamela equalised with a header from inside the box. The provider turned to be Kyle Walker who had enough footwork to prevent being dispossessed by the Merseyside defenders.

Considering the domination of last season, this must be disappointing for Tottenham fans and their manager. Pocchetino has to start from scratch once again and against much stronger and blood-thirstier opponents than before.

In other news:

Middlesborough 1-1 stoke city

Burnley 0-1 Swansea city

Southampton 1-1 Watford

Crystal palace 0-1 West Bromwich.