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Nuno: We feel cup fever but we must focus on United

Nuno Espirito Santo insists he feels FA Cup fever but wants Wolves’ players to focus solely on Manchester United.

Wolves go into their quarter-final tomorrow night at a sell-out Molineux looking to make the club’s first Wembley cup appearance for 31 years and their first cup semi-final for 21 years.

The Molineux head coach is aware of the clamour to get to Wembley but says he cannot allow the players to be distracted from their task.
“We can feel in the city what’s going on – everyone is expecting a big game,” said Nuno. “Some of them are saying it’s one of the most important for years.

We feel their support and their joy to be playing big fantastic teams and that can only make us proud.

Not only me has to be steady, but the team must manage emotions. Nothing from outside can affect us.

I think we have to manage our emotions so we can produce good actions during the game.

It’s easy if you’re focused because then you worry about your emotions and your tasks. What happens outside cannot change us.”

Wolves haven’t won the Cup since 1960 and Nuno wants to repeat the feats of Bill Slater and Co.

But he admits it’s very different now from when Slater lifted the trophy.

Of course I study the history, it’s one of the reasons why I want to make it happen again,” he added.

But we must take it step by step. There’s a long way to achieve those glorious moments of the 1950s and 60s. It’s much more difficult now.

First we have to win tomorrow. We have prepared well all week and now we have to play the game because we’re competing against a very good team.”