Here we go again! No sooner had Leicester City recorded a heroic Premier League win, the English soccer season returns with a bang on Aug. 13. The current champs face off against newly promoted team Hull City at 7:30am. Watch all the action with us!
Leicester shocked the world by claiming the title last season, as 5000-1 shots they were more favored to get relegated then finish top. But manager Claudio Ranieri got the team playing some scintillating soccer and they deservedly won the day. However, when you’re champions, every one wants to beat you. And this will be a tough season for Leicester to replicate their previous form.
Luckily, they managed to keep their inspirational striker Jamie Vardy, who rejected a move to richer Premier League rivals Arsenal. The Foxes also warned teams off of Riyad Mahrez, last season’s PFA Player of the Year, so they’ve kept the majority of last season’s team intact. They did sell tireless midfield star N’Golo Kante though, and he will be a huge miss.
As for Hull, there season hasn’t even begun and already they’re a club in turmoil. Their manager Steve Bruce recently left the team after the owners made it difficult for him to add quality players to his squad in the transfer market. It will be a very difficult season for them if they don’t buy additional players to assist their cause, and they could go straight back down.
But caretaker coach Mike Phelan is fully behind his troops going into the Premier League opener. “We’ve got to perform,” he said in a press conference on Aug.12. “The players who are here have earned the right to play in this division and I’m sure they will want to play for themselves and the club. I know those players will give it their best.”
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