Kilman | On comparing the start of the season to now

Maximilian Kilman believes Wolves are more of a Bruno Lage team now than when they last faced Leicester City on the opening day of the season.

The old gold displayed teething problems at the King Power Stadium in August but came on strong in the second-half and showed signs of things to come with a host of attacking flurries, even if they went unrewarded. As Lage has enjoyed more time with his squad, and learned more about the division, Wolves have been transformed and have won four of their last five in the Premier League, so Kilman believes they’ll be even better placed to face the Foxes this time around.

On improving under Lage

“We’re enjoying it a lot. Since he came in, he showed exactly what he wants from us, and how he wanted us to play, and over time it’s got better. We sometimes watch clips of how we started the season to how we’re playing now, and we’re all improving and playing better as a team. It’s going well and we’re enjoying it.

“As a team, how everyone moves off the ball, the angles people give, and our positioning is much better now. There’s been a massive improvement from everyone for how we play as a team.

“Defensively, our line is much higher, so we’re not really seen as a counter attacking team, more of a possession-based team, you see how we dominate the ball more in games and we defend much higher up the pitch.”

On facing Leicester

“Maybe it’s the amount of games they’ve been playing [the reason for their mixed form], playing Europa League football, but they have a brilliant team, brilliant players, a brilliant manager, so it’s always going to be a tough game.

“I remember it was quite a difficult start for us [the away clash], but in the second-half we grew more into the game, and maybe the result was unfair, a bit harsh, but it was still a difficult game and another one we need to look at.”

On having a good season as a team

“There’s a lot of factors. Of course, having the fans back, home games at Molineux with the crowd behind us really push us on, as it would for anyone. The fans have been brilliant. Obviously, I had a taste before Covid, I played some games, but now I’m playing a bit more regularly and it’s brilliant. I really feel the buzz that comes from the fans.

“And, of course the new coach, everyone saw it as a fresh start for the whole club. We’ve never set targets, we’ve always gone game by game, and I was always told to make sure in the next game we give a good performance and get a good result.”

On scoring more goals

“There’s been games where we’ve scored three goals, which wasn’t common for us, but we’re creating more chance. At the start of the season, we created chances and didn’t score, but now we’re getting a bit more luck and being a bit more clinical in front of goal.”

On the win at Spurs

“Whoever we were going to play, we needed to bounce back from our previous two performances. We all had in our heads that we needed to go to Spurs, obviously a difficult team and an amazing ground, and play our game, be brave and put in a performance where we fought for everything.”

On Cundle following his footsteps

“I’m delighted for him. He’s a very good fella and a very good player. He works really hard and has been waiting for his chance, and he’s shown a good mentality, so he deserves it and credit to him, he did really well.”