Wolves boss Bruno Lage claims the gap Liverpool and Man City have created in the Premier League could take 10 years to fill but believes his side can challenge with patience and small steps
- Manchester City take a one-point lead over Liverpool into the final day of season
- But the title-race contenders are 18 and 19 points ahead of Chelsea in third place
- Man City must slip up against Aston Villa if Liverpool are going to win the title
- Bruno Lage takes Wolves to Anfield knowing the Reds need to win to have a shot
Bruno Lage believes the gap Liverpool and Manchester City have created in the Premier League could take 10 years to fill.
Lage takes Wolves to Anfield on Sunday knowing City must slip up against Aston Villa if Liverpool are going to overhaul them to win the title.
But the top two are 18 and 19 points ahead of Chelsea in third place.
Bruno Lage believes the gap Liverpool and Man City have created could take 10 years to fill
‘City finished third in their first year with Pep (2016-17), so it takes time to build that kind of team,’ said Lage.
‘You can have a lot of money but you don’t build a successful team in one year.
‘There are maybe 50, 60 ‘top of the top’ players and some are at Real Madrid, some at Atletico, Milan, Inter and PSG and some of them are here, at Liverpool and City.
‘These are the main teams with the main players so it takes time and ability to arrive at this point.
Jurgen Klopp’s (left) side and Pep Guardiola’s City are 18 and 19 points ahead of Chelsea
‘You cannot miss the younger players too. You need to find those targets, and not sell them.
‘Liverpool and Man City are doing that – they renew, every chance they have.
‘At Liverpool, they know Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are very good, but two years ago they bought Diogo Jota, now they’ve bought Luis Diaz from Porto.
‘These are the kind of things to be aware of.
‘Sometimes it’s hard to convince the players to move from these top teams to improve others.
Lage claimed the Reds have ‘top top players’ in Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane (right)
‘So sometimes it takes five, six, seven years. Who were the best teams 10 years ago? Man United, Chelsea?
‘The other teams were working for the future.
‘Look at City. They arrived and ‘grew up’ in 10 years.
‘So, you can see how they have grown in those 10 years.’
City finished third in first year with Guardiola but look poised for their fourth title in five years
Wolves chairman Jeff Shi previously said he wanted the club to challenge City.
That vision now looks like a distant dream but Lage believes it is possible – with patience and with small steps.
‘I asked Jeff “how many people do you have working here now?” and he said in the Championship we started with 200 and now in the Premier League, we have 300,’ said the Portuguese.
‘These are the kind of steps we need to make to improve.’
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