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Nuno says Leicester will be ‘tough’ for Wolves, not once but FIVE times

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has delivered his verdict on Leicester City, insisting they will be tough not once, but FIVE times.
Nuno’s side face the Foxes at the King Power Stadium on Sunday hoping to get off to a promising start in their Premier League opener. Both sides have ambitions of trying to finish in the top six this season after Wolves ended seventh and Leicester in ninth, five points behind them. Brendan Rodgers’s side might have lost star defender Harry Maguire to Manchester United for £85m – a world record fee for a defender – but Nuno does not feel that detracts from the difficulty of Wolves’ task in the East Midlands.
“It will be tough, tough, very tough,” said the head coach. “They have a fantastic group of players and a very good manager, so we expect a very tough game. But like I always say, knowing your opponent, knowing their weakness and their strengths is the best thing that you can do. So, we prepare ourselves in the best way but it’s going to be tough. It’s a big challenge for us.”
Wolves were beaten 2-0 in the same fixture last season despite being the better team, courtesy of an own goal from Matt Doherty and one from James Maddison before the hosts were reduced to 10 men for the last 24 minutes when Jamie Vardy was sent off for a foul on Doherty.
Nuno is convinced this game will be different. “Last year we played them at the beginning of the season, we had moments that we could have scored and then we scored an own goal,” he said. “But that is over and football has shown to me that history never repeats, so it’s going to be a new challenge and a new game.”
Wolves have had a 6,370-mile round trip just three days before the game following Thursday’s 4-0 Europa League win against FC Pyunik in Armenia. Recovery began in the dressing room and continued on the plane where the players were wired up to electic stimulation devices to aid their recovery.
Nuno is satisfied the players have been as well prepared as possible following their exertions in Eastern Europe. “We did the first part of the recovery on the players in the dressing room (in Armenia) and then on the plane,” he said. “There are a lot of small details that can help them and being here and doing the recovery properly so that we will be able to prepare for the game tomorrow (Saturday) and then play on Sunday. I’m not complaining, I never do as I believe that at the moment we are in this competition and we have to forget what was before and not think what could happen – prepare yourself on a daily basis and we’ll be able to do that.”
Nuno is full of praise for the way his squad have dedicated themselves to their work and recovery. “We’ve had a good pre-season, a different approach, we had a lot of travelling but the most important thing is the players,” he added. “The way they believe, the way they respect themselves, the way they work so hard – this is fantastic. It’s delightful for coaches like us to have these great men.”
Nuno added: “They are healthy – tired, but we prepare well. We rested on Thursday night, had a good meal, a good sleep and on Friday we prepared for the game. We train and we compete – the spirit is always the same to compete. The best thing you can do is compete, so let’s see.
“We’ve prepared (for the season) in a different way; we believe the way we’ve prepared is to take advantage of the competition, and we’ve prepared ourselves for what is coming on Sunday. It was different, thank God that I have all of the players available and we’re ready to go. We want to be ready every single game that we have in front of us.”