Bruno Lage insists Wolves will continue to play the way they have in all their matches so far this season when his side travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Despite coming away empty handed from their opening trio of matches, albeit undeservingly, Lage believes the goals will come for his side, who have had just one day to prepare following the latest international break which saw the majority of his first-team squad represent their national teams, as long as they continue to create chances.
On a short turnaround
“We’ve just prepared the strategy today. We are living in difficult days, because the schedule is tight. Our players have to play in a lot of matches, not just the competitions here, but also the international games, and we, as managers, want time to work with the players, but we don’t have time.
“In pre-season, guys like Coady, Adama [Traore], Leander [Dendoncker], just arrived two weeks before the start of the competition, and now again, we had 10 or 11 players go to their national teams and we just had one or two days to prepare the games.
“We don’t have any time to work with the players, but it’s not just me, it’s all the managers who work with the top teams and work with top players.”
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On a trio of international breaks in three months
“We need to adapt, but every time is like this. For me, the best experience in my life was working at Sheffield Wednesday and competing in the Championship because we played a lot of games and we didn’t have any time to train or prepare the games.
“Sometimes we had just two days to play another game, and it was my preparation. When I arrived to Benfica, it was the same again, we would play again with two or three days with breaks, players go to national teams, they arrive with two days, we would go to play in Russia and two days we would be playing in Portugal.
“This is our life, so we need to adapt. For the players, it’s not healthy because they don’t have many breaks, sometimes it’s important for them to have time to recover between the games to play the best game in the best conditions.
“But the conditions are similar to everyone and we need to adapt. That’s why I believe in strong and competitive squads for everyone, and at the right moments, the guys who are ready to play, will play.”
On the signing of Hee Chan Hwang
“He will go with us for the game because in the moment we have just 18 players, plus three goalkeepers, so he will go with us and he can give different things.
“He can play on the sides, he can go inside, he can link very well the game between the lines, he attacks spaces, he is a player who creates a lot of chances, so I think it will be enthusiastic for the fans to see him play with us.”