Nuno Espirito Santo: "We should have been more clinical."

Wolverhampton Wanderers were defeated 3-1 against Manchester City in a tough battle at Molineux

Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus were all on the scoresheet to secure a win for the Citizen's first Premier League game. 

Raul Jimenez also grabbed a goal, however it was not enough to induce a comeback for the Wanderers. 

Romain Saiss' poor tackle in the box gave away an early penalty, which was converted by De Bruyne. Foden then finished off a lovely move involving Raheem Sterling and the PFA Player of the Year to lead Nuno Espirito Santo's men by two goals at the break. 

After some delightful work from Daniel Podence, the winger delicately found the head of Jimenez, who strongly headed home to half the deficit.

However there would be no repeats of the 2019/20 fixture, as Jesus' shot deflected off Conor Coady to grab Man City's third goal. 

  • A game of two halves.

After a poor first half where the Citizens dominated and deservedly scored two goals, Wolves came out for the second half and played like a different team. 

It was a side that attacked more and created a lot more chances, with Podence at the heart of them. 

When speaking to Wolves.com, Nuno said: “We knew it was going to be tough, but the first-half, we didn’t start very well. Man City moved the ball very well and created a lot of problems.

“The second-half, we were much improved, and we found the right way to press, to recover the ball, and we created a lot of good moments and chances that we could have scored."

"In the second half, we should have been more clinical as we had really, really good moments," said Nuno to the expressandstar.com.

Podence had two fantastic opportunities, which he narrowly missed. 

For the first, the 24-year-old received the ball in the box and smashed it just wide on the turn. 

Shortly after, Podence found himself through on goal and opted to chip Ederson who was rushing out of goal. His effort just missed the crossbar.

  • What changed in the second half

At the break, Nuno did not make any substitutions, instead, the Wolves manager made more tactical changes to try and spark a comeback. 

"We adjusted better in the second half and we were able to see a different dynamic of the team. We created chances and good moments of football, and we scored late in the game.

"We knew one goal could change everything and the boys believed until the end. But there are lot of things we should and must improve."

Wolves did get that goal through Jimenez, however Pep Guardiola's men managed to grab a hold of the game and see the game out. 

  • Marcal Injury

Fernando Marcal was taken off injured just seven minutes in the match and replaced by Ruben Vinagre.

The new signing was able to walk off the pitch, and Nuno hopes the injury will not be a serious one.

Speaking to the expressandstar.com, Nuno Said: "We must assess. It was the beginning of the match and we are going to assess. Let's see and hope it's not too much.

"He said he felt something that was not right. We made the substitution so things didn't get worse."

It remains to be seen how long the Brazilian will be out for. 

  • Nelson Semedo Transfer

Earlier this week, @FabrizioRomano confirmed that the Wanderers had bid for Barcelona's Nelson Semedo. However, the Wolves manager remained tight-lipped on the situation.

"What I said before is that we had our target identified and we are working on it. I'm sorry but I cannot go much further than this."

Semedo's move to Wolves appears imminent, with Fabrizio Romano announcing today that the 'paperwork has been signed' and that the player will be in the UK soon to sign a five-year deal.

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