Wolves 0-1 Celta Vigo: Bruno Lage's men show positive signs in final pre-season friendly.
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers swaps match pennants with Hugo Mallo of Celta Vigo ahead of the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Celta Vigo at Molineux on August 07, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

New Wolves boss Bruno Lage was welcomed into the pack by the Wolves fans at the Molineux as his side continued to prepare for the opening day of the Premier League season in their final pre-season friendly against Celta Vigo.

Wolves named their strongest side, which is expected to be the starting XI on an opening day against Leicester City, with the only absentee being Nelson Semedo who missed out due to being in isolation.

Celta Vigo took the lead in the first half of the game as Iago Aspas drilled the ball in from the penalty spot and managed to hold on and see out the game. Wolves knocked on the door, and created lots of brilliant chances but they just couldn't find a way through.

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Wolves started in their familiar 3-4-3 formation, controlling the majority of the ball in the opening 10 minutes. Adama Traore was once again the main outlet for the home side, as he looked to use his pace to trouble the Celta Vigo backline. 

The first chance of the game fell to the travelling side, as Romain Saiss was caught out allowing Santiago Mina through down the right-wing before sliding a ball across the Wolves goal mouth, but there was no striker in the box to turn it home.

Celta Vigo continued to pile on the pressure as they came forward once again just before the half-hour mark and caused Wolves more trouble. Brais Mendez received the ball on the edge of the box after a brilliant bit of trickery from Iago Aspas, but sent his left-footed curling shot high over the bar.

The away side finally made their pressure pay on the half-hour mark, as once again Mina was picked out running in behind the Wolves back three before seemingly being clipped by a lunging Saiss. Aspas stepped up in front of the South Bank and calmly slotted the ball past Jose Sa.

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As the first half came to a close, Wolves started to see much more of the ball and in good areas too. However, it was a familiar story as they struggled to break the opposition down and seemed to lack the end product. 

Wolves made a change in the midfield as Leander Dendonker was introduced for Joao Moutinho, and this seemed to have an impact as the home side came out firing.

Francisco Trincao did brilliantly to beat his man before being brought down on the edge of the box, allowing Neves the chance from the free-kick. His shot hit the wall and it appeared as if referee Jon Moss had given a penalty for handball, but he then overturned his decision, much to the disgust and confusion of the Wolves fans behind the goal.

The home side continued to come forward with great intensity, as Traore used his pace to beat Javier Galan before sliding the ball across the box to Marcal who had his shot blocked twice before Raul Jimenez' effort was saved brilliantly by Matias Dituro.

Wolves kept knocking on the door as the half went on as Conor Coady's attempted overhead kick from Traore's cross landed at the feet of Jimenez, but his sidefooted shot could only find the far post and not the back of the net.

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Despite all of Wolves' pressure, Celta Vigo stood firm and defended very well as a unit to see the game out. Wolves will feel hard done by to not have found the back of the net at least once, as they created more than enough chances to do so.

Bruno Lage's men face a tough trip to the King Power Stadium next weekend as they face Leicester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.

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