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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…

Mourinho: Wolves boss Nuno is better coach than he was a player

Jose Mourinho believes Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is a much better coach than he was a player. The Tottenham manager prepares to meet Nuno in opposing dugouts as Spurs are Wolves’ visitors to Molineux on Sunday. Nuno was a goalkeeper at Porto during Mourinho’s reign as their manager, winning the Champions League in 2004. Mourinho reckons Nuno has perfected his own style as a head coach and is very different to the player he had a second-choice goalkeeper a decade and a half ago. “He didn’t play many times – he was more on the bench than on the…

Wolves star Diogo Jota is ‘sensational’ says Coady, who says he will play in every game

Wolves captain Conor Coady has paid tribute to ‘sensational footballer’ Diogo Jota. Jota scored an 11-minute hat-trick in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Besiktas in the Europa League for what’s understood to be the quickest Wolves treble since Steve Bull’s first three in nine minutes in the 4-1 win at Newcastle on New Year’s Day 1990. Jota, 23, came on for Ruben Neves after 56 minutes against the Turkish side and opened the scoring in the 58th minute. Ten minutes later he had earned the matchball. Coady, 26, marvels at Jota’s impact on the team, saying: “He’s a sensational footballer. “It’s…

Moutinho: ‘I can easily play for five years’ as he pledges to win a trophy with Wolves

Wolves magician Joao Moutinho insists he can ‘easily’ play for another five years – and repeated his pledge to win something for the club. The 33-year-old midfielder recently signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal to stay at Molineux to 2022, which will take him to three months short of his 36th birthday. Many Wolves fans say Moutinho is the best player they have seen in gold and black and the veteran of more than 120 Portugal caps says he can go on for another half a decade making a meaningful contribution to the team. “If you ask me now, I can…

Wolves unveil new Under-23s coach James Collins

Wolves have announced the appointment of James Collins as their new Under-23 head coach. Collins replaces Mark Kennedy, who has done the role in a caretaker capacity for the last 11 weeks following Rob Edwards’s departure to the FA in October, and has left the club. Hugely experienced Collins will join Wolves after two years as head of coaching at Crewe Alexandra, he holds the UEFA Pro licence, UEFA A licence and is one of 16 selected coaches to graduate on the Level 5 elite coaches’ award. Collins is well known to current Wolves under-18 head coach Steve Davis, having…