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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 shot which could have been a penalty.

We beat them on every statistic apart from goals scored – we had more possession, more passing, this is the objective. We had 15 shots to eight but we probably needed more quality with the last pass or shot.”

Mazzarri was convinced Torino were the superior side, and they definitely had their chances as Temitayo Aina, Daniele Baselli and Tomas Rincon all fired wide from distance while Andrea Belotti headed too close to Rui Patricio in the first half before Raul Jimenez’s clinical finish to put Wolves in front.

Then although Belotti’s header equalised, Leander Dendoncker grabbed the winner for Wolves before striker Simone Zaza missed two chances for the Italians and Soualiho Meite and Belotti spurned late opportunities.

If we’d have scored that we’d have had five minutes to take the tie to extra-time,” said Mazzarri. “Overall I’m proud of the team and I thought we played better than them.”

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo admitted his side were fortnate to go ahead after taking the lead through Raul Jimenez in the 32nd minute. Belotti’s header levelled on 57 but within 60 seconds Dendoncker broke Torino’ hearts with the winner.

I think we were lucky that we went ahead,” said Nuno. “We didn’t have too many chances on the counter-attack but we defended well. Torino in the second half had so many chances.

You need to work very hard to control Torino. They are a fantastic team with fantastic players.

It was amazing for us to compete against Torino. I wish them all the very best for the future. They are a very good team, good manager and good fans. It was fantastic.”