A number of Wolverhampton Wanderers players are now back for pre-season.
Hopes are high for 2021/22 and excitement is slowly building.
Last term’s 13th place finish was ultimately disappointing, and Nuno Espirito Santo ended up leaving after four years in charge.
While he retained the faith of many towards the end, quite a few were ready for change.
And in came Bruno Lage, who had been out of work for around a year after leaving Benfica.
It is definitely a risky appointment, but a potentially very exciting one.
He’s who Fosun wanted, and the 45-year-old needs backing the backing of the board and the fans.
The first video clips from pre-season have dropped, and things certainly look quite intense.
Some players were participating in a rondo drill – which is a common activity involving players in a circle, with one or two players in the middle.
The goal is to keep the ball away from the central players for as long as possible.
The clip shows the Wolves players moving the ball extremely fast and mostly one-touch, with Lage right there barking orders.
One wonders if Lage will want this kind of thing incorporating into games.
There was often criticism of Nuno’s Wolves being too defensive and reactive, and some are hoping ‘Lage ball’ will see the team become more possession-based an attacking.
On social media, fans were very impressed with what they were seeing:
A preview of what’s to come next season. I can’t wait. A bit like how Italy play.
— Ed. 🐺💛 #notmyprimeminister. (@Pembswolf) July 7, 2021
Love this like watching us in x30 ⏩ to last season
— Danny (@danny_oneil1) July 7, 2021
Just watched the training video, seemed pretty intense & Bruno seems much more vocal then Nuno was in trainings
— Gagan Kullar (@GaganKullar1) July 7, 2021
Sexy football yay
— callum (@cal_wolvesfc) July 7, 2021
— Thomas Mason (@poke_wolf) July 7, 2021
Winning the league ay we 😘
— Wendy 温迪 (@wendymillssmith) July 7, 2021
Bruno seems to of got more involved in training in two days than what I saw in Nuno for 3 years https://t.co/fZgH7LEShB
— Dugsy (@TomDudley97) July 7, 2021
OK after watching this it’s quite clear we are going to win the league. https://t.co/eRR4UM9rrw
— Hoops (@RyHoops83) July 7, 2021
We are going to be SO GOOD to watch aren’t we https://t.co/KkoqZycchu
— James 🏴 (@_jwynny) July 7, 2021