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Joao: Dare to dream of final and Wolves will be Wembley losers

Joao Moutinho has warned Wolves they will be Wembley losers if they dare to already dream they are in the FA Cup final.

At 32, the Portugal midfielder is the man for the big occasion, having won the European Championship with his country, the Europa League, three Portuguese league titles, two Portuguese Cups and one Ligue 1 title in France.

Moutinho stressed Wolves cannot afford to think beyond Sunday’s semi-final against Watford, else they will be beaten.

We need to do our best to be focused for this game, because if we don’t and think we are in the final, then we already lose,” he said. “We need to think about Sunday as it will be a very tough and hard game.

Watford are a very good team who have very good players and play very well.

We take it game by game, because that’s the most important way to do it. If not, then you can start to think what will happen after this game.

We need to be focused only on Watford. We will try to do our best to get to the final.”

Moutinho however believes Wolves have a group of players who could win silverware in the future, and says that was one of the reasons why he joined the club from Monaco last summer.

We have a group of players who can do something big for the club,” he added.

Every player when they sign for a club wants to win something. I think we have already had a good season and we could stop here. But we need to try to win every game we have, to get in front.

The most important one is the next one, Watford, and we will try to do our best.”

Moving to Wolves meant achieving a lifelong ambition for Moutinho, who has always wanted to play in the Premier League.

It’s a case of third time lucky after transfers to Everton and Tottenham fell through in the past.

Since I started playing as a professional, I have wanted to play in England,” he said.

It was always one of my objectives. I could have joined Everton or Tottenham before, but things didn’t work out well to come over here.

But I came last year and I’m very happy and I’m enjoying this football.

We have a very good team and a very good group and we try to do our best to help the club to achieve something more.”

But he insists he has no regrets about swapping Monaco for Wolverhampton because he is convinced about the direction in which the club is heading.

I have never had any doubts because I know where I am going, and what players they already had, and I knew we would work hard with the coach to play good football, because they already did it in the Championship last season,” he said.

They did a very good job, and they were going to buy one, two or three players to add more quality and more experience.

I think from the first day I came here, I thought we could do something good. Of course, if you’d had said we were going to stay where we are now, in seventh position right now, maybe not. But why not?

For me the Premier League is the best league in the world. The football for me is fascinating because of all the teams, the atmosphere and stadiums.”

At 5ft 7ins, Moutinho might not look the most intimidating presence but he says he is not put off by the more physical game in England.

The football is of course a little more aggressive and I say that as a good term not a bad term. There is more contact, but I like this,” he added.

I am small and sometimes I don’t go to the contact, but the players need to be intelligent and know what they can and can’t do.

I try to do my best. But this league is very good and plays very good football.

Of course you have some teams who play football they think it is better to achieve the points. That is how I see the Premier League.”