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Julen Lopetegui suggests Jose Sa is helping Wolves adopt new style

Wolves recorded a huge win over West Ham United in the Premier League yesterday.

Julen Lopeteugi has dragged Wolves out of the relegation zone, with Daniel Podence scoring the game’s only goal at Molineux.

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Wanderers were worth the victory.

They dominated possession in the first-half, although they didn’t really properly test West Ham’s backline.

Podence then got the goal early in the second-half, which prompted a bit more urgency from West Ham.

But Wolves stood firm and saw the game out.

Raul Jimenez thought he’d grabbed his first Premier League goal of the season late on. But after a VAR review, the goal was chalked off due to offside.

It wasn’t the greatest game, but Wolves got the job done and that’s all that matters at the moment.

They look much better now under Lopetegui, who has got the team much more organised.

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And it’s been interesting to watch how much better Wolves have gotten at building from the back.

Lopetegui is keen for Wolves to become a more possession-based team. And after yesterday’s game, the manager spoke about how key Jose Sa is to this way of playing.

He said (via Birmingham Mail): “He is changing some things with us.

“He is understanding and improving in this way. Sometimes we have to choose the best decision on the pitch, whether to play out from the goalkeeper or sometimes use the space behind the lines. I want us to be complete in this situation to have different solutions for different problems.”

Wolves play style is high-risk, high-reward

Playing out from back is something that has become very prominent in recent years.

It is something you see the top teams doing, but then that’s because they have the players to carry out such a style.

It is great to see Wolves looking to do this more often.

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The strategy is high risk, but it’s high reward. If those at the back can be comfortable on the ball when being pressed, then there is potential to get out and take out several opposition players in launching an attack.

We will likely see some mistakes along the way. But it’s great to see Lopetegui wanting his side to be bold.