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Neves expecting Wolves full house for Europa League tie

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is expecting a Molineux full house to welcome in the Europa League this week.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad are back in the UK after their successful trip to China which saw them beat Manchester City in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 0-0. They host Crusaders on Thursday in the second qualifying round first leg on Thursday, and well over 20,000 tickets had been sold before they went on general sale. Armenian side Pyunik, or Czech outfit Jablonec lie in wait for the winners after Monday’s draw. The game will be Wolves’ first in Europe for over 39 years, since they played PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup first round in October 1980, and as such has caught the imagination of Wolves fans.
“I think we are improving and now we’re thinking of the Europa League,” said Neves. “I don’t need to ask, I know the stadium will be full and I’m sure we’ll do our best to win. It was a great week for us. It’s far from our country, but there’s a lot of support here too.”
Neves believes Wolves winning the Premier League Asia Trophy is good preparation for the Europa League. Ryan Bennett, Taylor Perry and Ruben Vinagre scored from the spot for Wolves while goalkeeper Rui Patricio saved three penalties from City. “It was a great tournament for us, playing against very good teams,” said the midfielder. “I think we’ve prepared ourselves good and now we’re thinking of the first official match in the Europa League.
“The winning feeling is what gives you motivation for the future. We’ve won our first tournament, it was a friendly tournament, but we won it and it’s very good for us and the club.”
Neves said Wolves tried to hit City with their counter-attacking game, despite the opposition having more of the ball.
“We know Man City. They are a really big team and play really well. We played well, we were very organised without the ball, and we tried to go on fast attacks when we could. Fortunately, we won the tournament,” he added.
“It was a big different, of course (to the Newcastle game). City are a team that likes to have the ball all the game. We had to prepare ourselves for that, but I think we did it well and we are happy to win.”
Eleven of Wolves’ 26-man squad in China were from the Academy and Neves has been impressed with the youngsters. Morgan Gibbs-White started again and seven Academy graduates or scholars came on against City – Dion Sanderson, Max Kilman, Hong Wan, Terry Taylor, Luke Cundle, Taylor Perry and Niall Ennis.
“They did a fantastic job with us,” said Neves. “I think we have to congratulate them because it’s hard to play against this kind of team and they did it really well against Newcastle and City. They are helping us a lot in our job, so thank you to all the boys.”