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September 18, 2019

Wolves v Braga – all you need to know about the Portuguese oppositon

Alex Goncalves is an expert on Portuguese football. Here, he gives his lowdown on Wolves’ first opponents in the Europa League group stages, Braga. Background Throughout the course of Portuguese footballing history, an established “Big Three” has emerged in the domestic game, with Benfica, Porto and Sporting having collectively won all but two Primeira Liga titles since the inception of the Portuguese league in 1934. That’s 83 out of 85 titles that have gone to one of Benfica, Porto or Sporting, with Belenenses in 1946 and Boavista in 2001 the only two existing examples to date whereby all three of…

Pressure on Wolves and Braga just want to have fun – boss

Braga boss Ricardo Sá Pinto claims all the pressure is on Wolves for Thursday’s Europa League clash at Molineux and says he wants his team to ‘have fun’. The 46-year-old attempted to deflect attention away from his side during his press conference on Wednesday tea-time at Molineux where his squad had trained in preparation for the opening Group K game. “Wolverhampton have different expectations to us; they play at home, have players of great quality and have got a very different budget,” said Sá Pinto. “We haven’t got any pressure at all and I want the team to have fun…

Nuno lauds the Portuguese as key to Wolves’ dramatic rise

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has praised his Portuguese players as they prepare to face a familiar foe in Sporting Club Braga. Portuguese signings such as Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre helped Wolves canter to the Championship title in 2017-18 in Nuno’s first season before the arrival of experienced internationals from the same country, Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho – who won the Europe League with Porto in 2011 and reached the final with Sporting in 2005 – saw them finish seventh in the Premier League last season and reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup. This season…

Nuno admits Wolves got ‘a lot wrong’ and mistakes cannot be repeated

Nuno Espirito Santo admits Wolves have got ‘a lot wrong’ in their last two games – and those mistakes cannot be repeated. But the head coach also stressed they are at the start of a journey and are focused on putting things right against Sporting Club Braga on Thursday night. Wolves go into their first Europa League group stage game at home to Braga on the back of successive Premier League defeats and eight goals conceded. Defensive errors have been at fault for many of those goals against, while two changes to the back three for Saturday’s 5-2 defeat to…

Wolves star Neves planning another special delivery on historic Molineux night

Ruben Neves admits he is planning another special goal to mark a historic night for Wolves. The 22-year-old midfielder has made a habit of scoring spectacular goals ever since his £15.8m move from Porto in July 2017 with all 10 of his strikes – not including his three penalties – coming from outside the area. Neves’s 35-yard unforgettable flick up and volley against Derby in April 2018 was voted Championship goal of the season, while he marked his Premier League debut with a goal against Everton. He also netted long-range efforts against Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool in the FA Cup,…

Neves: Fatigue not to blame for Wolves’ poor start in the Prem

Ruben Neves insists fatigue is nothing to do with Wolves’ poor start in the Premier League. Wolves go into Thursday’s first Europe League group stage tie at home to Sporting Braga with a 100 per cent record in Europe over six games but still seeking their first domestic win of the season which has left them second from bottom on three points after five matches. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have lost their last two games, conceding eight goals including the club’s heaviest defeat in three years, Saturday’s 5-2 reverse against Chelsea. Head coach Nuno insists on keeping a small squad…