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Lage outlines Coady and Ait-Nouri's improvement

Bruno Lage is preparing his Wolves side to take on Chelsea at Molineux tomorrow.

Conor Coady should be fit to play but Rayan Ait-Nouri is a doubt after puling out of Wednesday’s win over Brighton between the announcement of the team news and kick-off.

Ahead of the game, Lage has spoken about the improvement made by both players since he took over from Nuno Espirito Santo.

Lage has stuck with a three-man backline but has made changes to the approach of the side and has worked closely with individual players to improve them.

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Speaking to the club website, he said of Ait-Nouri: “The way we work, when I see the team, I see some things very good and the little things I want them to improve because every time you are there to improve. One good example is Rayan, the way he’s grown up, especially in the individual positions to be a better player.

“We know he can do a lot of things in an offensive way; he creates a lot of situations to cross, assist and make one-twos with his team mates, but also he needs to improve the way he defends. We start this individual work with all of them.”

As per the Shropshire Star, he said of Coady: “We try to analyse the little things we can improve. When we talked before about how fast our defenders are – instead of Conor being the cover for the other two, he now stays in the same line as the other two.

“We are working in that way so that he doesn’t need to be fast. They are working as a three together, respecting the line and spaces and they move together. When you try to stay in the same line, you can jump to press the guys between the lines.”

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Coady and Ait-Nouri have been two of Wolves’ most impressive performers in recent weeks. In fact, the whole defence has been outstanding.

That has helped keep Liverpool and Manchester City down to two goals; a stoppage time Divock Origi winner and a dubious Raheem Sterling penalty.

The game against Chelsea will require a similar defensive effort but the Blues are not in as good shape as those other two teams were going into the game.

Coady’s leadership, organisation and quality will be needed, while Wolves fans wait to see whether Ait-Nouri will be passed fit.

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