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November 2019

Nuno: Wolves’ 6000-strong travelling army inspired us in Braga

Proud Nuno Espirito saluted the huge travelling army of Wolves fans who he said inspired his team in Braga. The 6,000-strong following – the most the club has ever taken to an away game in Europe – were rewarded as their team’s 3-3 draw qualified them for the knockout stages of the Europa League. “I’m extremely proud – 6,000 fans here is amazing,” said head coach Nuno. “It requires a lot of effort from them, flights and travel, on a night like this, that’s what makes us proud. “The journey we started together, since the Championship. If we can achieve…

Report: Wolves denied victory in Braga – but what about that first half?!

Braga 3 (Andre Horta 6, Paulinho 64, Fransergio 79) Wolves 3 (Jimenez 13, Doherty 34, Traore 35) Wolves produced one of their most scintillating halves of football under Nuno Espirito Santo as they clinched the point they needed to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages for the first time. Raul Jimenez scored his 15th goal of the season and set up the other two for Matt Doherty and Adama Traore in a mesmeric first 45 minutes as Wolves came from behind to lead Braga 3-1 at half-time at the Estadio Municipal de Braga. Braga, who led through Andre Horta,…

No Arsenal approach for Wolves boss Nuno – and it would not be welcome

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has not received an approach by Arsenal, nor would he welcome one, wolvesbite.com understands. The 45-year-old has been installed as one of the favourites to replace under-pressure Gunners boss Unai Emery. Arsenal director of football Raul Sanllehi has a close relationship with Nuno’s agent Jorge Mendes. It’e believed there was an approach for Nuno through Mendes towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign. But Nuno stayed put then and the indications are he will again. Sources say the Molineux head coach is not interested in the vacancy and believes the latest speculation is fuelled…

Wolves magician Moutinho produced a passing masterclass – Shearer

Wolves magician Joao Moutinho capped a special weekend by being named in Alan Shearer’s Premier League team of the week. The 33-year-old midfielder scored with a superb free kick in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth before starting the move for Wolves’ second goal scored by Raul Jimenez from Adama Traore’s cross, set up by Moutinho. The Portugal international signed a three-year contract extension before the game before going on to make a typically top-class contribution. BBC Match of the Day pundit Shearer said: “He produced a passing masterclass, playing short balls between the lines and longer ones out wide to…

Wolves could finish fifth and win the Europa League – Eves

Mel Eves believes Wolves could finish fifth and win the Europa League as he hailed the mental strength of Nuno Espirito Santo and his players. Wolves’ 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday was their third straight victory and extended their unbeaten run to 12 in the Premier League and Europa League. Critics said Nuno’s side would struggle with the amount of games and the weekend fixture was their 25th match of the season. They lie fifth having amassed 19 points from 13 games, three more points than at the same stage last season when they didn’t have Europe to contend…

Moutinho says it was ‘very easy’ to extend his stay at Wolves

Joao Moutinho admitted it was a ‘very easy decision’ to extend his stay at Wolves after the midfielder signed a new contact. The 33-year-old midfielder, who scored the first goal and helped set up the second in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth, has penned a three-year extension, taking his stay at Molineux to 2022. Moutinho, who cost £5m from Monaco in July 2018, has been a superb addition to Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad and was voted the Fans’ Player of the Season in May. Last season he contributed eight Premier League assists and a stunning goal at Manchester United to…

Diogo Jota is back to his best – Wolves boss Nuno

Wolves forward Diogo Jota is back to his best, according to boss Nuno Espirito Santo. The 22-year-old is raring to go for Saturday’s return to Premier League action at AFC Bournemouth after making his debut for Portugal in the international break. Jota replaced Cristiano Ronaldo with seven minutes to go in a 6-0 home win against Lithuania on November 14. He then came on for Andre Silva in the 71st minute in a 2-0 victory away to Luxembourg three days later, when he was denied a first goal in Portugal colours as Ronaldo applied the final touch to claim his…

Raul is the example to follow, says Nuno to Wolves stars

Nuno Espirito Santo has told Wolves players that Raul Jimenez is the example to follow – but that he can still get better. Jimenez has scored 13 goals in 22 games in all competitions this season, just four goals behind his club total for the whole of 2018-19. The Mexico international’s tally is only bettered by Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling among Premier League players, and Jimenez netted twice on international duty in a 3-0 win over Panama last Saturday. Head coach Nuno believes the 28-year-old club record £32.6m signing sets a benchmark for improvement in the squad. “He’s always available…

Nuno drops contract hint on Wolves maestro Moutinho

Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho looks set to win a new deal after Nuno Espirito Santo dropped a contract hint. The Portugal international, 33, is out of contract at the end of June next year but has been instrumental in Wolves’ success since returning to the Premier League. Talks have been ongoing and the playmaker is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year extension soon. “Everything is OK and I hope so,” said Wolves head coach Nuno when asked if the midfielder will earn a new contract at Friday’s pre-match press conference ahead of the game at Bournemouth on…

Wolves’ ‘Special One’ delighted ‘born winner’ Mourinho is back

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is happy Jose Mourinho is back in football and says his fellow Portuguese is a born winner. Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager this week in the big football story. Nuno was a goalkeeper under Mourinho at Porto from 2002-04 and won two Portuguese titles, the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, the Portuguese Cup and two Portuguese Super Cups. The Molineux chief’s abiding memory of the one-time called ‘Special One’ is his fierce desire to win, and his record backs that up, with 25 trophies. “It was many years ago (playing…