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3 Wolves players Pep Guardiola has previously complimented

Wolves are taking on Manchester City this weekend in the Premier League.

After conceding right at the death to lose against Liverpool, Bruno Lage and the players have probably been feeling very disappointed.

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But there’s also a strong chance they’ll be looking to use the hurt as fuel for Saturday’s game.

Potentially, the contest with the Citizens will be even harder.

Pep Guardiola’s side are now top of the Premier League and are in a very good moment.

But Wolves have given City trouble in the past, and Guardiola has been quite complimentary about some Molineux stars since he’s been in England.

Adama Traore

Guardiola talked up Adama Traore before the 3-2 win for Wolves at Molineux back in December 2019.

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He said: “He is a motorcycle! It’s almost impossible. Nobody can handle this pace.”

City certainly could not handle Traore’s pace, with the Spaniard helping himself to the first goal, with raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty scoring to complete an amazing comeback.

That fine display came after Traore had hit a famous brace at the Etihad earlier that season.

Pedro Neto

Last season, Guardiola praised Pedro Neto after a 4-1 win for his side at the Etihad.

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Neto had regularly been the standout player for Wolves in 2020/21, and his contributions back in March caught Guardiola’s eye.

He said: “Don’t let them run, especially this team. They are masters, they are genius and well organised to run and they have players to make 40 or 50 metres with the ball. They are so different. Neto is an incredible player.”

Ruben Neves

In 2019, Manchester City were linked with a transfer for Ruben Neves.

There was talk about the club acquiring a long-term replacement for Fernandinho and the Portugal international, 24, had been touted as a potential signing.

Commenting on the speculation, Guardiola admitted: “He’s an excellent player but there are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and most of them can play here. That’s not the point.

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“Most of them are under contracts. A month ago, I started reading – ‘Ruben Neves, £100m’. That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder.”

City would go on to sign Rodri in the summer of 2020. Neves, of course, remains at Molineux.