The Portuguese schemer says compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo’s consistency is inspiring and something he is aiming to emulate.
On Wolves, Adama Traore has been identified as the threat City need to nullify and goalkeeper Rui Patrico has been effusive with his praise for Pep Guardiola’s side.
From the players
“Cristiano is an example [for everyone]. It’s difficult to reach the top, but it’s even more difficult to keep the same level every year. But that’s what we all have to try to do.
“It’s never easy when you come back from a season where you win five titles. The expectations are high and you have to keep it up. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to improve every day, to be better and to live up to those expectations.
“It’s difficult to keep the same level. The season that I had last season was unbelievable and obviously I want to do better than I have, but sometimes it’s not easy. I’ll try to improve, I’ll try to show that form again.”
“They are an excellent team.”
“And although they are not in first place, I am sure it will be an excellent game because they have excellent players, an excellent manager, and I would say they are one of the best in the world.”
“It will be an amazing game, and playing against them will be even more special because they are one of the best, although all Premier League games are difficult, but this one will be competitive and extra special.”
Premier League: Man City must tame league's best winger Traore
Writes Adrian Clarke: “If Manchester City are to avoid losing both home and away to Wolverhampton Wanderers this season, Pep Guardiola must work out a way to nullify Adama Traore on Friday.
"In early October the speedy winger destroyed the champions on the counter-attack, scoring both goals in a famous 2-0 win.
"Since then the 23-year-old has been pushed up from wing-back to an attacking midfield role, and it is a switch that has improved the team's offensive threat.