Leicester City fans react to Hull defeat

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Reigning champions Leicester City suffered a shock opening-day defeat to new boys Hull City.

Leicester City manager Claudio RanieriLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri during his side's opening-day defeat

The holders began their Premier League title defence with a 2-1 defeat in Saturday's early kick-off at the KC Stadium.

Adama Diomande's opener was cancelled out by Riyad Mahrez's penalty early in the second half, before a Robert Snodgrass goal in the 57th minute gave Hull a lead that they would never relinquish. 

Claudio Ranieri's men looked a shadow of the team that was so unexpectedly crowned Premier League champions last season.

Captain Wes Morgan spoke to BBC Sport after the game. "Hull deserved to win," he said.

"It was the first game so there was always going to be a bit of rust on the players. We need to dust that off and come back better."

Leicester City's Wes Morgan in action with Hull City's Curtis DaviesLeicester captain Wes Morgan competing with Hull City's Curtis Davies

Ranieri added: "Our effort was amazing but it was individual, not as a team and that is the key of the match."

The Foxes will need to rekindle the team spirit and work ethic that characterised last year's success. 

Jamie Vardy - in many ways the embodiment of Leicester's rise from also-rans to Premier League champions - failed to capitalise on a few opportunities that onlookers couldn't help but feel he would have scored with ease last year.

Leicester fans were obviously unhappy with their team's performance and some took to social media to air their views, with many mourning the missing influence of N'Golo Kanté, whilst others were more considered in their approach and reaffirmed their belief that this weekend's defeat is just a blip.

Ranieri has one week to try and bring about an improvement in his side before they host Arsenal at the King Power Stadium

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