Chiquinho | On his first Wolves start, defeat to City and Zinchenko battle

Despite trying to go toe-to-toe with Manchester City at Molineux, Chiquinho was left admitting that the Premier League leaders were too strong for Wolves on Wednesday evening.

Kevin De Bruyne’s inspired performance saw the Belgian score four to condemn the hosts to defeat, but Wolves never gave in against City, and Chiquinho, who made his first start in gold and black as a right wing-back, although he spent a lot of time terrorising his opposite left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, felt that despite having a belief his teammates could cause an upset, the quality level between the two sides proved to be too much to overcome.

On facing a league-leading Man City

“It was a very difficult game. We tried everything to win the game, but they are a strong team and they’ve proven on the pitch that they are better than us.

“It’s difficult because we came to the game with the mentality to win, but when the game don’t come in our hands, it’s difficult to change the game.”

On his battle with Zinchenko

“I think it’s a penalty because he touched me first and then he touched me after he touched the ball, and when you touch the other player first, I think it’s a penalty.

“I don’t understand why I wasn’t given the penalty, but that’s the game.

“He’s a very good player, and I try everything to beat him, but they are at a higher level than me, so I have to try training more to be in this level.”

On his first start for Wolves

“I feel a lot of emotions because they have a lot of fans, like us, they did a lot of noise, so it was difficult to concentrate on the game.

“But it was a good game for me and we have to try again in the next game.”

On missing Lage through Covid

“We have a lot of coaches, so it’s the same. It’s normal and although we missed the head coach, we know what we had to do, so we tried.

“We spoke with him in the locker room on the video call, so it was difficult, but we’ll go again on Sunday.”