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Torino boss praises Wolves but says the Italians can still go through

Torino boss Walter Mazzarri admitted Wolves caused his side plenty of problems but believes the Italians can stun them at Molineux.

Wolves won 3-2 in Turin in the Europa League play-off despite only having 37 per cent possession in the first leg as both sides chase a spot in the group stages.

Even though we had 12 shots on goal and 63 per cent possession, we didn’t make the most of it,” Mazzarri told Sky Sport Italia.

Wolves showed their greatest strength was the counter-attack, pace and powerful players who surge forward. They showed that against all the big English clubs too, not just us. We made some defensive errors that we don’t usually make and the result was excessive. We didn’t deserve to lose.”

The former Watford head coach is convinced his side can still go through however. We will try to go there and play with less apprehension, more of a relaxed approach, and maybe it will be a different game,” he said. “I believe; I want the team to believe with me and if we play the way we have done in the past, we can still do it.”

Mazzarri is not surprised at Wolves’ quality given the investment in the squad, and reckons Raul Jimenez, scorer of the visitors’ third goal, is a particular threat.

Wolves have extraordinary financial resources and so naturally when they can pay €40m for a single player, they’re going to have a lot of quality in the squad,” he added. “We should’ve been more courageous in pressing Raul Jimenez, who is such a talent.”

Mazzarri believes Wolves’ second goal, scored by Diogo Jota and created by Adama Traore, should have been stopped by Torino. “We were meant to double up on the goal with Adama Traore; Soualiho Meite was meant to double the marking, but he stopped halfway and that left a big gap,” he admitted. “We should have chased them down with greater vehemence. These games are decided on incidents, we hit the crossbar and they scored at the first real chance. People say they want possession, but football is something else. We dominated possession and still lost 3-2. Football is strange.”