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Nuno warns Wolves ‘It’s not over’ ahead of Pyunik tie

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ Europa League tie against FC Pyunik ‘is not over’ despite their commanding lead.
Wolves go into Thursday night’s third qualifying round, second leg with a 4-0 lead from Armenia. Some fans are sufficiently confident of the club’s passage to the final qualifying round that they have booked flights to Turin. Potential opponents Torino lead FC Shakhtyor 5-0 before their concluding tie in Belarus on the same night.
But head coach Nuno insists it would be wrong to think that way. “It’s not over,” he said. “It will be over at 10pm. It’s not over. If we think like that, it will be a mistake. It’s a new game, 0-0 – let’s start to play.
“It’s a tough team. They started very strongly in the first game, but we handled it OK, then the moment where we scored, we started controlling the game and managed the game from there until the end.
“Now it’s a new one, it’s a good team with good players, and for sure they will come still with all the ambitions (to win). We have to be focused, in shape, organised and play our football, and try to give a good performance to Molineux.”
Despite the margin of their lead, Nuno very much wants his players to see the second leg as a fresh challenge and a clean slate. “It doesn’t matter what result we had in the first game,” he added. “The interpretation is it’s a new game, it’s a new challenge and it’s an opportunity to play good and perform well.”
Wolves host Manchester United in their first home Premier League game of the season on Monday night. But Nuno does not believe in resting key players against Pyunik because of the risk of injury or fatigue before the United fixture. “I don’t see it this way,” he countered. “If we live under the suspicion of risk, you cannot make decisions. It’s absurd. If you are well prepared, you’re always ready to compete.”