Wolves’ final pre-season friendly has ended in a 1-0 loss against La Liga outfit Celta Vigo.

It was not the result Bruno Lage will have been looking for on his first match at Molineux.

But here are five things we learned from the match…

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Celta Vigo - Pre-Season Friendly
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Neves-Moutinho axis struggle

Lage started with a 5-4-1 – or 3-4-2-1 if you prefer – formation, with Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho paired in central midfield.

The Portuguese duo struggled to impose themselves on the game, with their lack of mobility hampering attempts to protect the defence or press Celta.

Neves looked far better with Leander Dendoncker alongside him after half-time.

The whole side improved after the interval and Lage is definitely still searching for the right midfield balance.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Celta Vigo - Pre-Season Friendly
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Back three look shaky

Wolves’ central defensive trio were caught out by passes slid into the channels, especially in the first half.

It was a situation like that which led to the only goal of the game. Romain Saiss couldn’t recover quickly enough and conceded a penalty, which was converted by Iago Aspas.

Leicester have plenty of pace in attack and the quality in midfield to play similar passes.

 

The back three didn’t provide a great deal of security in the opening 45 minutes, and that’s a concern.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Celta Vigo - Pre-Season Friendly
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Lage can get a reaction

The first half wasn’t good enough but whatever Lage said at half time had the desired effect.

Wolves were instantly improved, with more purpose and intensity and dominated the second half.

That says that Lage can get a reaction out of his new squad and is able to correct mistakes at half time.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Celta Vigo - Pre-Season Friendly
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Wolves should have scored

It’s a mystery as to how the game ended 1-0. Raul Jimenez had chances to score in the second half and Wolves poured forward in search of an equaliser.

You can write that off as a freak afternoon or worry about whether the finishing will be more clinical in a real game.

If Wolves dominate teams like they did in that second half in the Premier League, they should win more often than not.

And you’d bank on Jimenez to score more often than not, given the same chances again.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Celta Vigo - Pre-Season Friendly
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Trincao catches the eye

Trincao is slowly adjusting to English football and showed some eye-catching pieces of skill here.

He was a bright spark in the first half, even when the team performance was sub-standard.

The next step for him is to turn it into goals and assists, taking him from a skillful player to a match-winning one.

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