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Head coach Nuno reveals the two keys to Wolves’ success

Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed the keys to Wolves’ success – the tight relationship between the players and a fierce desire to improve. The Wolves head coach insists it’s vital players spend time together both on and off the pitch to develop understandings. Nuno and his squad have just returned from a three-day warm weather training camp in Marbella, where football and non-football activities took place to strengthen the players’ bond even further. Players played a small-sided game where goalkeeper Rui Patricio played on the wing and crossed to sweeper Conor Coady to score past John Ruddy. Wolves go into…

Wolves boss Nuno ‘too busy’ to speak to Mourinho but will welcome a ‘great’ to Molineux

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he has been ‘too busy’ to speak to Jose Mourinho – but hinted the Tottenham manager is a serial winner who it will be a pleasure to welcome to Molineux on Sunday. Nuno was a goalkeeper who played under Mourinho at Porto when they won the Champions League in 2004 and the Portuguese pair are represented by the same agent, Jorge Mendes. The Wolves head coach, 45, later followed Mourinho into the Porto hotseat in 2016-17. He managed against Mourinho, 56, last season when the latter was in charge of Manchester United in a…

Coady says it’s mission accomplished for Wolves – but now he wants more

Captain Conor Coady says Wolves have achieved their aim in reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League. But he’s relishing the challenge of more big European nights as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side prepare for the round of 32 draw for the Europa League. Wolves have reached the knockout stage by winning 10 of their 12 ties, drawing one. Thursday night’s 4-0 win over Besiktas took their tally to 30 goals, a club record in Europe, surpassing the 27 that the 1972 team netted in reaching the UEFA Cup final. “That was the goal when we started this journey and…

Doc: Proud Wolves can go a ‘long way’ in Europa League

Matt Doherty believes ‘proud’ Wolves can go a long way in the Europa League after finishing the group stages in style. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side head into Monday’s draw for the round of 32 with their heads held high after thrashing Besiktas 4-0 at Molineux on Thursday night. Their excellent record in Europe now reads 10 wins and a draw from 12 games, scoring a club record 30 goals along the way – surpassing Bill McGarry’s team who netted 27 reaching the first UEFA Cup final in 1972 – giving the players the confidence not to fear anyone in the…

Wolves boss Nuno issues challenge to hat-trick hero Jota

Nuno Espirito Santo has urged Wolves hat-trick hero Diogo Jota to maintain his standard after his record-breaking exploits in the 4-0 win against Besiktas. Jota, 23, left Molineux overjoyed after bagging an 11-minute treble – scoring his first in the 58th minute just 77 seconds after coming off the bench – to become the first Wolves player to score three in Europe since Derek Dougan against Academica Coimbra in 1971-72. Leander Dendoncker scored the other goal as Wolves ran riot, also hitting the woodwork twice through the Belgian and substitute Owen Otasowie. Jota’s exploits weren’t enough for Wolves to win…

Jota scores 11-minute hat-trick as Wolves rout Besiktas – report

Wolves 4 Besiktas 0 Diogo Jota came off the bench to score an 11-minute hat-trick as Wolves produced a second-half goalfest to thrash Besiktas 4-0 at Molineux. The 23-year-old broke the deadlock in the 58th minute – 77 seconds after his arrival – and was effectively picking up the matchball 10 minutes later after making it five goals in a week following his brace at Brighton. Leander Dendoncker grabbed the other after earlier hitting the post as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side dominated in the second half following a forgettable first period. Jota scored the first treble by a Wolves player…

Nuno: The kids are alright to play for Wolves against Besiktas

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ youngsters are ready to take on Besiktas. The head coach is preparing to make multiple changes to his line-up for the visit of the Turkish title challengers on Thursday night. Wolves have just returned from a three-day warm weather training camp in Marbella where seven youngsters were put through their paces alongside the established senior players. Goalkeeper Andreas Sondegaard, centre back or midfielder Owen Otasowie, right wing back Oskar Buur Rasmussen, midfielders Luke Cundle and Taylor Perry, left wing back Lewis Richards and forward Chem Campbell all looked to impress in southern Spain. Up until…

Nuno says Wolves will ‘go to the max’ as 3,000 empty seats at Molineux

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves will ‘go to the max’ for the fans against Besiktas – despite the prospect of a few thousand empty seats at Molineux. In the hours leading up to kick-off, Wolves still have around 3,000 seats available to supporters. It means Wolves are likely to watched by their lowest Europa League crowd of the season for the game. Wolves have already qualified for the knockout stages and Besiktas can’t go through. Nevertheless head coach Nuno wants what is expected to be a much-changed team put on a show for the supporters, who can gain entry from…

Ruddy on battle of Wolves ‘keepers: Why Rui is ‘completely different’ to me

Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy has given an insight into the differences between him and ‘exceptional’ rival Rui Patricio. Ruddy is preparing for only his fourth appearance of the season on Thursday night when Besiktas are the visitors to Molineux in the final Europa League group game. The former Norwich shotstopper has been forced into a watching brief for 25 Premier League and Europa League matches as Patricio has performed impressively between the sticks. The two work closely off the pitch as Ruddy helps keep the Portugal international on his toes while also trying to be as sharp as possible for…

Wolves ‘keeper Ruddy aiming to right a wrong against Besiktas

John Ruddy is aiming to right a wrong when he gets a rare chance for Wolves on Thursday night. The 33-year-old goalkeeper will be one of multiple changes to Nuno Espirito Santo’s team for the visit of Besiktas in the final group game. Ruddy made the last of three appearances this season in the 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat at Aston Villa on October 30 as Rui Patricio has performed impressively between the sticks. The one-capped England international wasn’t happy with his performance that night at Villa Park, when it appeared he could have done better for the goals from Anwar…