Semedo | On extra preparation time, facing City and Costa's Wolves welcome

Nelson Semedo believes the extra time on the training pitch will help Wolves as they face Manchester City at Molineux on Saturday lunchtime, especially after the opponents only had two days to prepare for the game.

After last weekend’s clash with Liverpool was postponed as a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, it’s been two weeks since Semedo and his teammates were in Premier League action, while City have faced two Champions League ties in that time. But the right-back feels that his team are fully prepared to face the reigning champions and their talismanic striker Erling Haaland.

On Liverpool postponement

“We were supposed to play on Saturday and the game was postponed but we still came in on Saturday to training. And we had a day off on Sunday to rest a little bit and start to prepare for the City game on Monday, so we had one day to relax and Monday we were here again.

“I tried to enjoy the time with my kids. It was nice because I didn’t have to travel to Liverpool the day before for the game, so I could pick them up from school and have a nice two days with them.”

On adapting to a back four

“We’re playing with four in the back this season and we are doing very well. We’ve only won once in the league but we are confident and we know we are doing the things well, we know that the victories will come because we are doing the things that the coach are asking us for do. We are working hard every, every week so for sure the wins will keep coming

“Everyone has an important role. Everyone needs to feel important because everybody here is important, so we try to help each other the way we can.

“We have Max [Kilman] and Collins. They’ve very young but they’re very strong. They have a few years of being in the Premier League and they’re completely settled in this league and they know how to do it.”

On taking on Man City

“It’s a good thing for us that they played on Wednesday as they only have two days to recover. The game is at 12.30pm, so it’s a good thing for us.

“We started to prepare the game on Monday to have everything clear for when we arrive at Molineux to play our game, to have the ball as well, because we want to have the ball, even against City.

“They are a team that have the ball most of the time, but we want to have the ball. We are playing at home, in front of our fans so we will work hard to get points.”

On facing Haaland

“He’s an exceptional player, a very good player. He has a lot of goals already since he’s arrived and it doesn’t look like it’s his first season here.

“But we have a strong defence as well, I spoke about Max and Collins, and we are prepared for the match.”

On welcoming Diego Costa to Wolves

“It was a good signing, a very good signing because he’s a very good striker, he’s very experienced and he has already played in the Premier League so he knows the league, he knows how to fight the defenders here and we know the type of player he is. He likes to fight for every ball and he is also very good with the ball, so he can help us a lot.

“He likes to fight for every ball and he goes with everything. Sometimes you can get an elbow in the face or some stuff like that, but sometimes you have to do it to win the ball. I faced him a few times in Spain and I definitely prefer to have him in my team than playing against him.”