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August 2019

Nuno insists he will not wear out Wolves’ J-force

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists he will not wear out Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. Nuno’s side go to Everton on Sunday with the J-force strike partnership having played virtually the full game in the 2-1 win against Torino on Thursday. The pair were on the end of a physical buffeting, especially Jota, who was victim to two tackles that received bookings. Jimenez has scored seven goals already this season with six in Europe despite just a two-week break following a 336-day season, and has looked sharp, while Jota has three strikes to his name. Wolves are about to…

Coady: Wolves will go to Everton with ‘all guns blazing’

Forget any talk of fatigue – captain Conor Coady insists Wolves will go to Everton on Sunday with ‘all guns blazing’. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have another quick turnaround after their Europa League exploits on Thursday night, taking on the Toffees just three days after beating Torino to earn a place in the group stages. The Premier League trip to Goodison Park will be Wolves’ NINTH game in a month. Coady has played every minute of Wolves’ last 75 matches in all competitions going back to January 2018. But like his team-mates, the sweeper is showing no signs of letting…

Wolves fans told not to travel to Euro tie as group stages revealed

Wolves’ Europa League group stages includes a tie that fans will not be allowed to travel to. Slovan Bratislava, their opposition on October 24 in Group K, must play their next two home matches behind closed doors. The punishment will currently affect Wolves’ tie in Slovakia, so supporters have been warned not to book any travel or accommodation for the tie until any appeal by Slovan Bratislava has concluded. Wolves fans won’t be able to travel to Slovakia, but the squad will travel a distance of 1,796 miles to and from Bratislava. The Slovakian outfit will travel to Molineux for…

Everton v Wolves preview – Silva’s attack a worry for Goodison fans

By Zach Hobson Everton’s opening Premier League games have been somewhat of a disappointment to most fans who, considering the signings the club has made, would have expected more. Their attacking contingent is the same as last season, but they have only managed one goal between them in three games. The last League match also called into question Everton’s defence after they conceded two sloppy goals against Aston Villa, leaving many fans with a sour taste in their mouths. Despite this early trepidation there are many positives to worry undefeated Wolves. Everton have only conceded two League goals so far…

Torino boss: ‘We got ‘confused’ but were better than Wolves’

  Torino boss Walter Mazzarri believes his side got ‘confused’ against Wolves but were better in every way – apart from scoring. The former Watford chief was frustrated as his side exited the Europa League in the play-offs after going down 2-1 at Molineux and 5-3 on aggregate. Torino had 58 per cent possession and 15 efforts on goal to Wolves’ eight in the second leg but ended up losing. “We scored and then we got confused. We were too euphoric after scoring and we made too mistakes,” said Mazzarri. “Even then we could have scored – we had a…

Wolves are ‘building a player’ in Traore – Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves are ‘building a player’ in ‘transformer’ Adama Traore. The speedy Spaniard is being converted to a wing back by the Molineux head coach and the 23-year-old responded to his gaffer’s patience by creating the first goal for Raul Jimenez in the 2-1 win against Torino to earn the club a place in the group stages after terrorising the Italians in the first leg, when he set up a goal for Diogo Jota and two players were booked for challenges on him. Nuno admits Traore’s speed is adding a new dimension to their play. “It was…

Happy Nuno salutes Wolves’ 12th man in tribute to home record

Jubilant Nuno Espirito Santo praised Wolves’ ’12th man’ as he saluted a ‘massive’ achievement for reaching the Europa League group stages. A 2-1 win on the night against Torino and a 5-3 victory on aggregate over made it 16 games unbeaten at Molineux for Nuno’s side in all competitions since January 2. The Molineux head coach celebrated the win even more lustily than usual as he whirled his trademark three haymakers in front of the South Bank. When he emerged for his post-match press conference, the Wolves boss was arguably as proud and passionate as we have seen him, and…

Bruised Wolves topple Torino to reach Europa group stages

Europa League play-off: Wolves 2 Torino 1 (Wolves win 5-3 on aggregate) Wolves withstood a bruising battle at times to make the group stages of the Europa League against Torino on another memorable night at Molineux. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were deserved winners after an edgy start but were grateful to the Italians, who missed several chances to have pushed the tie into extra-time in what proved to be a testing encounter for Diogo Jota, who was fouled on numerous occasions and had two players booked for challenges on him, while Leander Dendoncker was left limping. Raul Jimenez gave Wolves…

Wolves’ Cup tie against Reading is a Portuguese managers’ reunion

Wolves have been drawn at home to Championship side Reading in the third round of the Carabao Cup – re-uniting Portuguese managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Jose Gomes. The Molineux men will take on the Royals during the week commencing September 23, in between the Premier League matches away to Crystal Palace and at home to Watford. Nuno’s second spell as a goalkeeper at Porto, from 2007-10, coincided with Gomes’s stint as assistant manager there from 2008-10, as part of Jesualdo Ferreira’s backrooom staff. But Nuno played only eight times in three seasons before calling time on his playing career…

Nuno insists Wolves are embracing their busy schedule

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ players are embracing their busy schedule. Wolves face Torino at a sold-out Molineux on Thursday in their seventh game in 22 days and their fifth in 15. It is part of a hectic spell of nine in a month, with Everton away still to come in the Premier League on Sunday before the first international break. In addition, there has been plenty of travelling, with Wolves’ first eight games of the season played across four countries – England, Northern Ireland, Armenia and Italy. Nuno is expected to ring the changes again to rotate his squad…