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Nuno: Wolves 34,000 pack will play with us at Wembley

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ 34,300-strong pack will be playing with them at Wembley.

The Wolves head coach believes the huge support travelling down the M1 to back them in the club’s first FA Cup semi-final since 1998 can make a difference as they prepare to face Watford.

You just go around Wolverhampton in the streets and you feel the excitement and the emotion of the fans,” said Nuno.

There will be 34,000 of our pack there. We’re going to play it together.

Wembley is special. Just saying ‘Wembley’ means a lot to everybody involved in football.

For both teams it will be special. We look forward to it but what we most focus on is preparing ourselves.”

But the Molineux boss insists his team must play the game, and not the occasion.

We must focus on the game, don’t think about anything else and what it could mean or what could happen after,” he said.

Make the game special. We have to play just like another game and make it special for that to team something.

We know, everyone knows what it could mean. But we have to play it just like another game, focus on the actions and tasks and make it special for that to mean something.

Don’t think about what could happen after. Play the game.”

Meanwhile, Nuno believes Raul Jimenez will only get better after completing his £32m permanent move to Wolves yesterday.

I’m very pleased, especially because of who he is, how he is, his behaviour, his character, but especially the man he is and what he can give to the team,” he added.

There is improvement to come, I truly believe it, from all the players.

Since the beginning all the decisions we make are decisions that require a lot of time, analysing things and we’ve been doing it quietly.”

Nuno revealed the decision to conclude the deal now was done to help focus Jimenez even more.

It was (done) before the end of the season because Raul will be more relaxed and confident in the way that he has to work,” said the boss.

It happened last season with the players we had on loan and this season with Jonny (Castro Otto).

All the decisions are made quietly, thinking, making the right steps.”

Despite never having played in England before, Jimenez has settled in brilliantly at Molineux, scoring 15 goals in all competitions.

Nuno puts that down to the warmth of his squad, saying: “I think (he settled quickly) because of the way the squad embraces players that come, so credit to the players that are already here.

The spirit amongst the squad is what makes new players feel integrated in a short period of time.”