Can Wolves establish themselves as top Premier League team of the future?
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Cast your eyes back 12 months, and Wolverhampton Wanderers drew 0-0 away from home to Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship. Fast forward to the present day, and sure enough, another draw for Wolves. It would be a fair question if one was to ask: "Well, where is the improvement in that?" Well, the team in question this time around was Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. Both Wolves and City showed parallels of each other last season, emerging victorious in both the Championship and Premier League respectively. Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santo arrived at Molineux in the summer of 2017 with a well-balanced and varied management history, being at the helm of clubs such as Porto and Valencia, but his first season in English football goes down as his greatest achievement to date. His style of controlling games, evolving tactics he used at previous clubs on the continent, proved revolutionary and successful for the Molineux crowd to lap up, finishing nine points ahead of Neil Warnock's Cardiff City. Returning to the top flight of English football for the first time in six years, a hefty overhaul of the squad was needed and duly followed up. A combined total of around £50 million was spent on 11 players, all with a mix of experience, youth, talent and pedigree. Following a 2-2 draw at home to 10-man Everton and a 2-0 away defeat to Leicester City, they faced the most monumental task possible: taking points from the best team in the country, which they managed in a gripping performance.
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