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Nothing really went too awry in Wolves’ first season back in the Premier League.
As they were promoted to the top-flight, they took to a higher division like ducks to water as they claimed 16 points from the top six and finished in seventh.
Against teams above them in the league, they were exceptional as they took advantage of space in behind on the counter-attack to beat some of the best sides in the country.
Nuno found a winning formula that was all too rare for the likes of Fulham and Cardiff who were relegated straight away to the Championship.
But there was one major difficulty that they struggled to overcome, something that’s already starting to appear to be a problem in 2019/20.
Last season they found it tricky to break down sides who sat back and defended compactly, not allowing Wolves’ creative players to find space.
In their opening Europa League tie with Crusaders last Thursday, that was again the case.
The Northern Irish side were never going to come out all guns blazing and their one shot throughout the entirety of the match sums that up.
Adama Traore made impressive headway down the right-hand side, filling in for Matt Doherty, but besides that they struggled for creativity despite possessing a midfield with Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.
Perhaps if they had a fit Raul Jimenez the story would have been different, but the fact still remains that Wolves find life difficult when facing defensive opposition.
Check out the reaction to Wolves’ first European game since the ’80s in the video below…
They had 80% of the possession but rarely found pockets of space in which to cause Crusaders problems. The fact they won 2-0 was evidence of their inability to break down a side they were favourites against.
One of the main problems Nuno is going to have to overcome in 2019/20 is his ability to adapt. Their match in Europe last week was a fine example of how they struggle when they can’t implement plan A.
As a result, they desperately need to find a different way of playing sides like Crusaders who are happier to defend.
If Wolves want to improve on last season, they must find a fix quickly.