Some facts emerged as the new English Premier League season got underway at the weekend where teams went head-to-head against each other in the 2016/2017 campaign.
Both players and coaches were the talking point as the opening day fixtures started over the weekend and Chelsea’s match against West Ham will end match day-one fixtures. Here are the six things we learnt in the match day-one of the Premier League matches
1. Opening day loss:
Leicester City became the first Premier League defending champions that will lose their first match in a new season when they lost 1-2 to Hull City at the Molineux.
Riyad Mahrez scores a penalty for Leicester against
Hull City No league champions have ever lost a game on an opening day fixture as the Premier League new boys have put the Foxes under pressure for the new campaign.
2. First goal of the new season:
Adama Diomande made history as he scored the first goal of the new season when he put the Tigers ahead of defending champions Leicester City in Hull’s 2-1 win.
Leicester City vs Hull City
Though it looked like Abel Hernandez got the goal but after forensic examination Diomande seem to have got the final touch before went into the back of the net.
3. Managerial debutantes:
Some of the managers of the big clubs in England made their first appearance in the richest football league in the world in match day-one fixtures.
Pep Guardiola on the sidelines on his debut for Manchester City against Sunderland
These coaches includes; Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Claude Puel (Southampton), Walter Mazzari (Watford), Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough), and Mike Phelan (Hull City).
4. Big names benched:
Players that had a regular place for their respective team surprisingly were relegated to the bench as Joe Hart topped the list omitted names in the starting XI.
Joe Hart benced on the first match of the season
Other players includes; Yaya Toure and Niclos Otamendi of Manchester City and Arsenal’s big money signing Granit Xhaka who was brought on as a second half substitute in the Liverpool match.
5. The most fouls:
After coming on as a second half substitute against Liverpool, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka committed four fouls, the most by any player in the opening day of the Premier League season.
Granit Xhaka in action for Arsenal
6. Absence of Pogba:
The world thought the most expensive will make his Premier League debut at the weekend but the FA claimed the player had complete his suspension he got in the Serie A while he was a Juventus player.
Paul Pogba Manchester United will have to wait for another week when they host Southampton at Old Trafford where Pogba will be making a home debut for the Red Devils.