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December 15, 2019

Mourinho hints Spurs win is revenge for his father’s Molineux defeat

Jose Mourinho hinted that Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Wolves was a 46-year-old revenge mission for his father. Mourinho’s father Felix played in goal for Portuguese side Belenenses from 1968-74, losing 4-1 on aggregrate to Bill McGarry’s side in the first round of the UEFA Cup over two legs in the autumn of 1973. “Let me share with you a little emotion. My father played in this stadium against Wolves in a UEFA Cup match in the early 1970s, so it was a special feeling for me,” said Tottenham manager Mourinho. Wolves won 2-0 away at Belenenses on September 26 with…

Wolves boss Nuno insists refs ‘know’ about multi-fouled Traore and must protect him

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists referees must continue to protect Adama Traore. The winger has now had 24 players booked for fouling him in 26 games in all competitions this season. Three Tottenham players – Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Harry Kane – were booked for bringing down the 23-year-old. Traore equalised for Wolves with his first Molineux goal sandwiching Lucas Moura’s opener before Jan Vertonghen’s header broke Wolves’ hearts in the second minute of time added on. But a big talking point was the treatment of Traore, who was fouled several times throughout the game. “I haven’t seen…

Mourinho: Wolves can ‘smell’ the Champions League

Jose Mourinho has tipped Wolves to compete for the Champions League this season. The Tottenham manager was relieved to come away with a 2-1 win after Jan Vertonghen’s 92nd-minute header ended Wolves’ 11-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. Mourinho was hugely impressed by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and is convinced they are in the mix to challenge for the top four. “It’s a question for Nuno but they’re with us, Chelsea, United, Arsenal fighting for top six and smelling the top four,” said the Portuguese. “I think that’s what they do. In the Europa League I always think it’s…

Traore on target as Wolves dominate but unbeaten record goes to Spurs

Wolves 1 (Traore 67) Tottenham 2 (Moura 8, Vertonghen 90+2) Adama Traore’s first goal at Molineux wasn’t enough to save Wolves as their 11-match unbeaten run in the Premier League fell to Tottenham. Wolves dominated most of the game but Spurs showed them the way in clinical style when Lucas Moura broke the deadlock in the eighth minute then Jan Vertonghen headed the winner in the second minute of time added on. Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga denied Romain Saiss, while Traore should have tested the keeper more and Raul Jimenez headed wide, and there were any number of Wolves shots…

Wolves boss Nuno reverts to Brighton line-up as he rings changes for Spurs

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has placed his faith in the team that drew 2-2 against Brighton last weekend for Sunday’s visit of Tottenham. Rui Patricio, Romain Saiss, Matt Doherty, Jonny Castro Otto and Adama Traore are recalled to the side after missing Thursday’s 4-0 win over Besiktas in the Europa League, while Raul Jimenez returns from suspension. John Ruddy, Ryan Bennett, Pedro Neto, Patrick Cutrone, Ruben Vinagre and Max Kilman, who all played against the Turkish side, drop to the bench alongside Benny Ashley-Seal. Spurs revert to the team that thrashed Burnley 5-0 at home last weekend after manager…

Wolves midfielder Neves wants to leave his mark on Mourinho’s Spurs

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has a permanent reminder of Jose Mourinho’s glory days at his old club Porto. But on Sunday Neves, who has a tattoo of Porto’s badge on his arm, as well as a wolf’s head, will be trying to leave his mark on Mourinho’s latest club by beating Tottenham. Neves grew up in the Portuguese resort and lined the streets with his family when Mourinho’s jubilant squad – including current Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo as number two goalkeeper – carried home the Champions League trophy in 2004. The 22-year-old Neves went from supporter to playing…