Bruno Lage has won over doubters and rewarded Wolves’ leap of faith | Ben McAleer

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Bruno Lage has won over doubters and rewarded Wolves’ leap of faith | Ben McAleer

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Bruno Lage has won over doubters and rewarded Wolves’ leap of faith | Ben McAleer

Portuguese coach was an unexpected replacement for Nuno Espírito Santo but he is taking the club in the right direction

Manchester United .What is a Wolf Moon? 15th January 2022 14:31 Please turn on JavaScript.Tue 18 Jan 2022 10.Ian Taylor/Geograph Image caption, As part of a tradition of "uncertain origin" the new licensee will sit on a "throne" and have alcohol poured over their head A search has begun to find a "monarch" to run a remote island and 300-year-old pub off the coast of Cumbria.

Wolves had more shots than their opponents in all three of those matches, but they could not find the finishing touch and it proved costly. Scoring goals has been aproblem for the team this season. It's the first full moon of 2022 but why is it called the Wolf Moon? Matt Taylor explains. They do not shoot with great regularity – only Norwich (10. The Spain international joins a long list of footballers and managers who have pledged 1% of their salary via Common Goal, the social impact movement in global football.2 per game) have taken fewer shots than Wolves (10.3 per game) in the league; only the relegation-threatened pair Norwich (10) and Burnley (16) have scored fewer goals than Wolves (17); and only Norwich have a worse conversion rate – they are scoring with 4. It described Piel Island as "a great asset to Cumbria", but warned it was "a unique place and any operator needs to appreciate the constraints offered by power and weather".

2% of their shots compared to 7. I’ve become part of Common Goal in order to tackle racism through the anti-racist project.8% for Lage’s side. The 3-1 win on Saturday was the first time Wolves have scored three goals in a league game at Molineux since they beat Everton 3-0 in July 2020, some 29 matches ago. There is still plenty of work to be done in the final third, particularly given that their joint-top scorers this season, Hwang Hee-Chan and Raúl Jiménez, have scored just four goals each. But, if I can encourage others to join us in this fight, nothing can stand in the way of the impact we can make together. Hee-Chan is on an eight-game run without a goal and Jiménez only recently ended a six-game goalless streak. The campaigners called it "the jewel in the crown" of the area and a "vital part of our heritage".

What has aided Wolves, though, has been their resolute defence. Opponents are struggling to break down Lage’s side, with only Manchester City (13) conceding fewer goals in the league than Wolves (15). The ARP launched last year in the US with a coalition of industry leaders including clubs such as Chicago Fire, Angel City and Oakland Roots, plus professional players including the Manchester City and USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen, and also the largest fan group in the country, The American Outlaws. The Wolves defence has made a marked improvement under Lage. They conceded 1.39 goals per game last season and that number is now down to just 0. Common Goal was launched in 2017 when a single player, Juan Mata of Manchester United and Spain, committed to pledge 1% of his salary to a collective fund that invests in high-impact community organisations using football to empower young people.

75. Wolves kept eight clean sheets in the first half of this season – just two fewer than their total of 10 in the whole of last season. José Sá, who played under Lage at Benfica, has been a great addition. One per cent is almost nothing, but together we can create meaningful change and the time to act is now. The Portuguese goalkeeper has the best save success rate (80%) in the Premier League this season. The 29-year-old has been a solid last line of defence ( unless facing James Ward-Prowse from 30 yards ) and he has quickly forged a relationship with the back three in front of him.

Like Nuno for much of his time at Wolves, Lage has picked a three-man backline and his consistency in selection has helped this nigh-on watertight defence. Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saïss started together in Wolves’ first 19 games of the season before Saïss joined up with his Morocco teammates for the Africa Cup of Nations. Read more In front of them, the midfield partnership of João Moutinho and Rúben Neves break up play, dictate the tempo and spread the play to the wing-backs, who push on and stretch opponents, with Leander Dendoncker an additional option to rotate with Neves or to beef up the midfield depending on the opposition. It’s a similar system to the one that worked well under Nuno before he tinkered with the setup in his final year at the club. Wolves had stagnated under Nuno, but Lage has injected a new lease of life into the squad.

He has only used 20 players this season, which could be an issue later in the season as wear and tear leads to more injuries, but the intensity he has brought to the team is really starting to pay off. The signing of the young Portuguese winger Chiquinho this week has boosted his attacking options further, though his arrival may be a precursor to the exit of Adama Traoré. Even still, Pedro Neto – the club’s joint top scorer last season – will be returning from injury soon. There was understandable scepticism surrounding Lage’s appointment last summer, but he has won over the doubters quickly. With a little more composure in front of goal, Wolves should be a real force over the coming months.

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Wolves had more shots than their opponents in all three of those matches, but they could not find the finishing touch and it proved costly. Scoring goals has been aproblem for the team this season. It's the first full moon of 2022 but why is it called the Wolf Moon? Matt Taylor explains. They do not shoot with great regularity – only Norwich (10. The Spain international joins a long list of footballers and managers who have pledged 1% of their salary via Common Goal, the social impact movement in global football.2 per game) have taken fewer shots than Wolves (10.3 per game) in the league; only the relegation-threatened pair Norwich (10) and Burnley (16) have scored fewer goals than Wolves (17); and only Norwich have a worse conversion rate – they are scoring with 4. It described Piel Island as "a great asset to Cumbria", but warned it was "a unique place and any operator needs to appreciate the constraints offered by power and weather".

2% of their shots compared to 7. I’ve become part of Common Goal in order to tackle racism through the anti-racist project.8% for Lage’s side. The 3-1 win on Saturday was the first time Wolves have scored three goals in a league game at Molineux since they beat Everton 3-0 in July 2020, some 29 matches ago. There is still plenty of work to be done in the final third, particularly given that their joint-top scorers this season, Hwang Hee-Chan and Raúl Jiménez, have scored just four goals each. But, if I can encourage others to join us in this fight, nothing can stand in the way of the impact we can make together. Hee-Chan is on an eight-game run without a goal and Jiménez only recently ended a six-game goalless streak. The campaigners called it "the jewel in the crown" of the area and a "vital part of our heritage".

What has aided Wolves, though, has been their resolute defence. Opponents are struggling to break down Lage’s side, with only Manchester City (13) conceding fewer goals in the league than Wolves (15). The ARP launched last year in the US with a coalition of industry leaders including clubs such as Chicago Fire, Angel City and Oakland Roots, plus professional players including the Manchester City and USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen, and also the largest fan group in the country, The American Outlaws. The Wolves defence has made a marked improvement under Lage. They conceded 1.39 goals per game last season and that number is now down to just 0. Common Goal was launched in 2017 when a single player, Juan Mata of Manchester United and Spain, committed to pledge 1% of his salary to a collective fund that invests in high-impact community organisations using football to empower young people.

75. Wolves kept eight clean sheets in the first half of this season – just two fewer than their total of 10 in the whole of last season. José Sá, who played under Lage at Benfica, has been a great addition. One per cent is almost nothing, but together we can create meaningful change and the time to act is now. The Portuguese goalkeeper has the best save success rate (80%) in the Premier League this season. The 29-year-old has been a solid last line of defence ( unless facing James Ward-Prowse from 30 yards ) and he has quickly forged a relationship with the back three in front of him.

Like Nuno for much of his time at Wolves, Lage has picked a three-man backline and his consistency in selection has helped this nigh-on watertight defence. Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saïss started together in Wolves’ first 19 games of the season before Saïss joined up with his Morocco teammates for the Africa Cup of Nations. Read more In front of them, the midfield partnership of João Moutinho and Rúben Neves break up play, dictate the tempo and spread the play to the wing-backs, who push on and stretch opponents, with Leander Dendoncker an additional option to rotate with Neves or to beef up the midfield depending on the opposition. It’s a similar system to the one that worked well under Nuno before he tinkered with the setup in his final year at the club. Wolves had stagnated under Nuno, but Lage has injected a new lease of life into the squad.

He has only used 20 players this season, which could be an issue later in the season as wear and tear leads to more injuries, but the intensity he has brought to the team is really starting to pay off. The signing of the young Portuguese winger Chiquinho this week has boosted his attacking options further, though his arrival may be a precursor to the exit of Adama Traoré. Even still, Pedro Neto – the club’s joint top scorer last season – will be returning from injury soon. There was understandable scepticism surrounding Lage’s appointment last summer, but he has won over the doubters quickly. With a little more composure in front of goal, Wolves should be a real force over the coming months.

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