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An Analysis of Wolves’ Premier League Survival
Wolves fans would have hardly believed that one of the two teams in their last encounter with Everton would still be fighting to avoid relegation. However, Wolves managed to turn their fate around despite being bottom of the table during Christmas.
The appointment of former Spain and Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui brought a much-needed change for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Although his initial decision was to turn down the opportunity due to personal reasons, he eventually accepted after his father’s health improved. This proved pivotal as they went on to beat Everton thanks to Rayan Ait-Nouri’s stoppage-time winner – a win which marked the beginning of an impressive run.
After notable home victories against some heavyweights such as Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Aston Villa among others, Wolves became only the fourth side in Premier League history to avoid relegation after being bottom on Christmas day – achieving this goal with three matches left before season-end.
Lopetegui: The Unsung Hero
Despite what Wolverhampton achieved under him this season; there are those at Molineux who feel like Lopetegui has not received enough credit for his role in their survival.
In October when Lopetegui had already turned down the chance once due to personal reasons, a senior official made a trip that will later prove instrumental. While watching another match between Blank FC vs Blank United (names omitted), he met someone who played under Lopeguiti back then when he coached Spain National team – That player told him how good it was working with him- adding that if Lopeguiti had remained in charge they could have gone further than the last 16 in the World Cup. That meeting proved critical as Wolves eventually got their man on November 5th.
The Turning Point
According to Lopetegui, he saw that his team could survive when they worked with a big commitment and belief despite suffering multiple defeats. But others saw it much sooner – during a training camp in Marbella where the players showed an impressive level of discipline and willingness to adopt new methods from their coach even amidst inclement weather patterns.
That trip also allowed Lopetegui to get acquainted with Matt Hobbs, who had taken over as technical director after Scott Sellars’ exit. The pair hit it off instantly, and this relationship would later pay dividends for Wolverhampton’s Premier League survival campaign.
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