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Sterling and Guardiola give honest verdicts on Wolves

Wolves lost 1-0 to Manchester City yesterday, with Raheem Sterling scoring the game’s only goal.

Bruno Lage’s side failed to bounce back from the last-gasp defeat to Liverpool, again coming up just short against real top-quality opposition.

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The team put in another huge defensive effort, especially after Raul Jimenez was sent off.

The Mexican saw red after failing to retreat when City were taking a free-kick. Jimenez had conceded said free-kick and already controversially received a yellow card. Referee Jon Moss then brandished a second yellow.

City capitalised on their one-man advantage, but did need a penalty to go ahead.

Moss blew for penalty after a handball by Joao Moutinho.

The midfielder did not handle the ball, with replays showing it hit his ribcage.

The two incidents were slammed by Alan Shearer on Match of the Day.

Sterling converted the penalty to score his 100th Premier League goal.

And after the game, the England winger gave his verdict on Wolves and was quite complimentary.

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He said: “Every time we play Wolves at home it’s always a difficult one.

“It’s always a tough one, they’re always a difficult side to play against. Each game has its own challenges.

“We’ve always found it difficult to break Wolves down. It was the same today.”

City boss Pep Guardiola also had praise for Wanderers.

He said: “With ten players from Wolves, it’s so difficult to play against a team like this. The spaces are so minor. They are so good at defending.”

Defensive improvement has been remarkable, as Sterling and Guardiola compliment Wolves

It was another defeat for Wolves yesterday, but the team’s defending was superb yet again.

The three centre-backs and Jose Sa are all in fine fettle right now and are always giving Wolves a big chance to get something from a game.

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They are brilliant as a unit, and Lage deserves a lot of credit for how he has got them playing.

Wolves often looked very vulnerable at the back in 2020/21. That just isn’t the case this time around and if Wolves can improve in the final third then things will be looking very promising indeed.