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August 22, 2019

Torino v Wolves build-up: Kenny Hibbitt’s Q&A with Italian journalist

In the build-up to the Torino game, Wolves legend Kenny Hibbitt spoke to Italian journalist Raffaele Campo about the team, new signings, Nuno Espirito Santo, Jorge Mendes and Patrick Cutrone. Here are his answers: During this transfer window, Wolverhampton has signed several players. What do you think of this new team? “I say that new players were needed to reinforce the team; it was necessary for them to compete in the Europa League. Wolves have not played in Europe since 1980.” What were your impressions on the first games? “Now the squad is solid and Nuno is able to make…

Wolves boss Nuno unconcerned over Portuguese officials for Torino tie

Nuno Espirito Santo insists there should be no concerns from Torino about their Europa League tie against Wolves being staffed by Portuguese officials. The Italian club and fans are sceptical that Portuguese referee Artur Soares Dias, 40, will take charge of the play-off first leg on Thursday in the 27,000-capacity Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, assisted by fellow countrymen Rui Tavares and Paulo Soares, with Joao Pinheiro the fourth official. Wolves have a host of Portuguese connections, from head coach Nuno and his backroom staff to four players who could be in the starting line-up – Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao…

Wolves four prove they pack a punch in the Prem – report

Wolves might be known for their passing football but what might be more surprising is they also pack a punch in the tackle. Last season Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had four players in the top 20 of the most prolific tacklers in the Premier League * – the only team to register that many. Midfielder Joao Moutinho, centre back Willy Boly, left wing back Jonny Castro Otto and midfielder Ruben Neves all featured in the list, which was topped by Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi. The Foxes midfielder made 143 tackles, with a 69 per cent success rate, one challenge ahead…