Matija Sarkic says he’s enjoying working under Julen Lopetegui so far, admitting his training sessions are ‘intense’.

The first-team have now flown back to the UK following a spot of warm weather training in Marbella.

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The Wanderers players have been getting back into the swing of things, and been out to impress Lopetegui ahead of the game with Gillingham next Tuesday.

Wolves played two games out in Marbella against Empoli and Cadiz.

It was a chance for the new head coach to try some things, and get a sense of what might be his best team moving forwards.

Sarkic featured for 90 minutes in both games, and the number two goalkeeper has been speaking about his experience out in Marbella under Lopetegui.

He told the Express & Star: “It’s been really good. Everyone is buying into what he is saying and his philosophy. His demands are high. We’ve got to listen to what he says. He’s an experienced manager, you just have to look at his CV and the way he talks and the tactics.

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“It’s not a surprise that he’s coached at the level he’s coached at. We have to listen and absorb what he’s saying, and then implement it on the pitch.

“Training has been intense. We’ve had two sessions a day, which is never easy. But everyone is enjoying the training sessions. There’s been a few competitions and a bit of fun, which keeps the intensity high.”

Sarkic has been able to command some of Lopetegui’s attention, with Jose Sa having been at the World Cup with Portugal.

The Molineux number one ultimately didn’t get any minutes out in Qatar.

Sarkic, 25, is likely to feature for Wolves in the game against Gillingham. He has previously featured in the Carabao Cup matches against Preston North End and Leeds United.

Julen Lopetegui has made a strong start at Wolves and expectations will be high, as Matija Sarkic praises new head coach

Lopetegui appears to have already made an impact at Wolves.

From Sarkic’s comments it’s clear the squad are well on board with what he wants to do.

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He’s come across very well in interviews and press conferences, and Wolves scored six goals across the two games against Empoli and Cadiz, which is almost their entire total in the Premier League this season.

There’s plenty of work to be done, but it’s been a positive start for the Spaniard.

Hopefully, Wolves can hit the ground running against Gillingham.

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