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Nuno: I got as much out of Wolves beating Cardiff as toppling top six

Nuno Espirito Santo insists beating relegated Cardiff meant as much to him as Euro conquerors Wolves toppling any of the top six this season.

His side head to Anfield hoping to wreck Liverpool’s dreams of ending their 29-year wait for the title on Sunday.

Wolves have relished taking on the top teams this season, registering 16 points against them with wins against all four European finalists, plus Manchester United twice and a draw against leaders Manchester City.

But three points is the same reward for beating City as it would have been Huddersfield and Nuno says there is no extra satisfaction from beating one of the powerhouses of the game.

It meant the same as a win against Cardiff (2-0 on March 2) at such a tough moment of the competition. It means exactly the same,” insisted head coach Nuno.

It’s because we played good and compete well. It shows a lot about the improvement of the team.

But of course, we are proud. We are able to compete against anyone with our own idea. This is the most important.”

The statistic of Wolves’ success against the leading sides is understandably continually bandied about, But Nuno believes their progress should not be measured solely on those results.

We have not only had success against the top teams. We cannot be measured only by our games against the top teams,” he stressed.

We measure ourselves by how we have been competing throughout the season. There have been good moments, bad moments, but we have always been competing.

Every day is a learning process. Not only in sport but in life, you just have to read the signs and be aware of them.

We have an improving squad and we cannot be measured by the table. We will judge ourselves by how we did things, how we compete, how we play how we improve; but the improvement is natural and obvious. This is what we aim for, not the table.”

Wolves are already assured of seventh place but Nuno says there will no be change in the way they prepare for the game.

We don’t think about (upsetting Liverpool fans), we prepare ourselves for the game like we always have during these last two years I’ve been here,” he added.

There has been no exception in any game, that we didn’t prepare the same way. It’s always the same, every time; the same details, the same approach – it hasn’t changed, so we’re not going to change for the last game of the season.

We have to play and be focused. After that we will see what happens, we don’t go ahead (of ouselves).”

In assessing their first campaign under him in the Premier League, Nuno is satisfied with finishing seventh.

It’s been a good year. We knew since last season what our ideas were, and we had to keep with them no matter what level we were going to be at,” he said.

In the Premier League we kept them the same, and even though we had hard moments we bounced back and competed in a good way, against tough opponents, with our own ideas.

Now we have to go to the end with the same ideas and the same standards.”

There has not been a week in football like this one, with Liverpool and Tottenham retrieving sizeable deficits to reach the Champions League final against Barcelona and Ajax respectively. Nuno admits he watched the games like a fan.

It will be hard to find somebody who didn’t enjoy the game against Barcelona,” he added.

When you watch a game on TV you don’t watch it as a manager, you watch it as a fan of the game.

Liverpool v Barcelona and Tottenham v Ajax were fantastic games. Who doesn’t enjoy that? They were amazing.

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen what I’m seeing now. What I see is fantastic.”