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Nuno says Wolves are one big happy family after Raul’s ‘gender reveal’

Wolves’ family first feel is pushing them towards a Champions League place, according to boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Top scorer Raul Jimenez held his baby’s ‘gender reveal’ on the Molineux pitch this week – and the video attracted almost 500,000 views in the first 15 hours after release. The 28-year-old striker, who has scored 22 goals this season before today’s visit of Brighton, and actress partner Daniela Basso, 30, were joined by Raul’s father Raul senior, the striker’s sister Manuela, plus team-mates Rui Patricio and Diogo Jota and their partners to celebrate the announcement that their baby will be a…

Wolves new boy Podence relishing early reunion with Olympiacos in last 16

Wolves’ new signing Daniel Podence faces an early reunion with his recent team-mates after drawing his previous club Olympiacos in the last 16 of the Europa League next month. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have avoided the tournament favourites and now the Greek opposition stand between them and a place in the quarter-finals after they beat Espanyol 6-3 on aggregate. The first leg will take place in Athens at Karaiskakis Stadium on Thursday, March 12, with kick-off at 8pm UK time/10pm local time, and the second leg at Molineux on Thursday 19 March, 5.55pm UK time. There were no seedings in…

Nuno hails ‘massive’ achievement as Wolves reach Europa League’s last 16

Nuno Espirito Santo hailed a ‘massive’ achievement for Wolves after reaching the last 16 of the Europa League and praised the way his players have gelled. Wolves went down 3-2 on the night to Espanyol in Barcelona after goals from Adama Traore and Matt Doherty were eclipsed by Jonathan Calleri’s hat-trick, but Nuno’s side won 6-3 on aggregate to take their place in Friday’s draw. “It’s massive for the club, massive for the city and we are happy, but we want to keep going,” said the head coach. “We want to keep going with the hard work, and this gel…

Wolves still chasing Euro dream despite narrow defeat to Espanyol – report

RCD Espanyol 3 (Calleri 16, 57 pen, 90+1) Wolves 2 (Traore 22, Doherty 79) Much-changed Wolves sealed their place in the last 16 of the Europa League – although a first defeat on the continent in seven trips this season might have been avoided but for Pedro Neto’s missed open goal. A hat-trick from Jonathan Calleri meant Wolves conceded three goals or more for only the fourth time in 45 games in all competitions this season as the Catalans chased a four-goal deficit from the first leg. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side twice equalised through Adama Traore and Matt Doherty, only…

Ton-up Coady says he’s living the dream at Wolves after hitting milestone

Conor Coady admits he is living the dream at Wolves after his ton-up milestone. Captain Coady, 26, made his 100th consecutive league appearance in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Norwich – and he has played every minute of those games. The Scouser is just 27 games short of matching the 46-year-old club record set by goalkeeper Phil Parkes in September 1973. “I heard about it before the game and it’s amazing. The pride I have in this club and walking out every game for this club is really immense,” said the sweeper. “It’s something I live for; I love playing for…

Vinagre could be ready for a Euro recall for Wolves

Ruben Vinagre could be set for a Europa League return for Wolves in Barcelona on Thursday night – as Nuno Espirito Santo praised his powers of recovery. The 20-year-old left wing back made his comeback from a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Norwich when he replaced Jonny Castro Otto in the 80th minute. It was Vinagre’s first appearance for nearly six weeks after last playing in the FA Cup defeat away to Manchester United. But with concerns over Jonny after he went down clutching his thigh in the latter stages of the Canaries game, Nuno could now pitch…

Wolves boss Nuno reveals secret of players’ incredible stamina

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed the secret of his side’s incredible staying power – no days off! Nuno’s side played their 44th game of the season on Sunday when they swept away relegation-bound Norwich 3-0 at Molineux. All those powers of recovery and reserves of stamina will need to be evident again as they face two huge tests more this week. They travel to Barcelona to play Espanyol in their Europa League round of 32 second leg on Thursday before returning for a first trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. Nuno is confident his players’ professionalism…

Nuno reveals delight at Jota as goal-den streak continues for Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo revealed his delight with Diogo Jota after the in-form forward continued his goal-den streak by ripping Norwich apart. Jota made it five goals in four days with a double against the Canaries in Wolves’ 3-0 win after his hat-trick in the 4-0 rout of Espanyol on Thursday night. The 23-year-old assisted in the other goal as his shot hit the post before Raul Jimenez converted for his 21st goal of the season in all competitions. Nuno insists Jota hasn’t been doing anything different but hopes his impressive run continues as Wolves prepare to face the return against…

Jota at the double as Wolves in cruise control against Norwich – report

Wolves 3 (Jota 19, 30, Jimenez 50) Norwich 0. Diogo Jota continued his scoring streak as Wolves strolled to their most comfortable Premier League win of the season against hapless Norwich. Jota’s double took his tally to five goals in four days after his hat-trick in the 4-0 victory over Espanyol in the Europa League, while he set up Raul Jimenez for his 21st of the season in all competitions. Wolves actually emerged from a sticky start where they could have conceded to score from their first attack in the 19th minute. They also kept their fourth consecutive clean sheet…

Nuno tempts Wolves fans to dare to dream of Euro glory after Espanyol win

Nuno Espirito Santo has tempted Wolves fans to dare to dream of European glory after the 4-0 thrashing of Espanyol. Diogo Jota’s second successive Europa League hat-trick and a stunning Ruben Neves volley gave Wolves a thumping victory to leave them with one foot in the round of 16 before they travel to Barcelona for the second leg next week. Wolves reached the inaugural final of the competition in 1971-72 in its guise of the Uefa Cup. BBC Midlands Today journalist Dan Pallett told Nuno that he had interviewed fans outside Molineux afterwards who said they thought the team could…