Bruno Lage will go up against Steve Bruce today as Wolves look for their first home Premier League win of the season.
Lage hasn’t been able to oversee a league goal at Molineux this term, but Bruce hasn’t led his side to a win of any kind so far.
At his pre-match press conference, Lage spoke about Newcastle’s squad and Bruce’s tactics.
He is familiar with the Newcastle boss from his time working with Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday, and Bruce’s Hull beat the Owls 1-0 in thw 2016 Championship play-off final.
“They are a strong team with an experienced manager. They started the season with a line of five, like us, but in the last few games they changed to a line of four and the danger comes especially from the forwards.
“They have strong forwards and wingers, and they’re strong one against one. They have a strong midfield, they can manage the ball well and can play behind our midfielders.
“The guys up front can create a lot of problems. If you give them space to run in behind, or space between our defensive and midfield lines, they can create chances on their own, like our players, like Raul did in the last game.
“Steve Bruce has a lot of experience. I met with him two months ago and we talked about the games we had. We had a good talk because he was also at Sheffield Wednesday, and we have a good relationship.”
Today represents a chance for Lage to ramp up the pressure on Bruce, by getting off the mark at Molineux.
The switch to four at the back has improved Newcastle, that much was clear from their performance at Watford last time around.
But Wolves should be winning this game if they play as well as they can.
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