Defensive focus will be tested again


Mike Taylor, BBC Radio WM

For the third weekend in a row, Bruno Lage is preparing his side to face one of the title contenders, and their valiant defense against Liverpool and Manchester City has done them great honor.

Throughout the season, Lage has spoken of his desire to play fast, attacking football, and they have undoubtedly tried to meet that aspiration in many games. As against the other top teams, Sunday’s game against Chelsea may not be the obvious opportunity for this, although Lage will no doubt push them forward whenever he can.

The Premier League table – or at least the goals scored column – doesn’t really reflect this approach. The team’s inability to turn their chances more, or at least a solid construction game, into goals is extremely frustrating for Lage and Wolves fans, and no doubt the players themselves.

The effects of this have been masked to a large extent by the Wolves’ remarkable defensive form. Maintaining such a level of discipline so often is no accident. Despite all this Manchester City, and to a lesser extent Liverpool, have created long stretches of tension, so far the only side to really overwhelm Wolves this season has been Brentford.

Thankfully, none of the current three starters have had to give in to injury or illness this season, although the defensive focus must run through the entire squad. He will be tested again on Sunday, but Wolves have shown little sign of examination nerves.

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