"I prefer to play them in November or December when the season is more advanced because most days they don't feel pressure against one of the contenders to win the Premier League".
They got their reward for a dogged display when they took the lead after 57 minutes thanks to a controversial goal from Willy Boly.
So a VAR at the Premier League's London control room is likely to have reviewed whether either Sergio Aguero or David Silva should have been awarded penalties for City at Wolves. Last year's PFA Young Player of the Year, though, looked a young player lacking confidence after he's followed that summer of woe with seemingly being replaced in the Manchester City first-choice XI.
Soccer Football - Premier League - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - August 25, 2018.
A first half in which Wolves played their part in an entertaining spectacle was still, inevitably, dominated by the reigning champions, who struck the woodwork twice, once with the aid of a fabulous save from Rui Patricio.
But Liverpool had to withstand a few nervy moments with £65-million goalkeeper Alisson Becker producing a vital save to deny Pascal Gross two minutes from time to seal a third consecutive clean sheet.
"We're slightly disappointed we didn't come away with a win", the Wolves defender Conor Coady said.
"In the past two weeks in training I've seen the Leroy that I know and we know".
"We played a 5-4-1 and we didn't create that many opportunities with that system last season, but today we did".
"Unfortunately for us it was not like that and we conceded a goal".
And Huddersfield and Cardiff showed why they are favourites to be relegated in a 0-0 devoid of quality with Jonathan Hogg's dismissal the only action of note. The home fans of the newly-promoted side were in raptures but that feeling lasted for only a while.
England global Harry Maguire hit a 92nd minute victor as Leicester also came from behind to win 2-1 at Southampton.