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Torino boss: ‘We got ‘confused’ but were better than Wolves’

  Torino boss Walter Mazzarri believes his side got ‘confused’ against Wolves but were better in every way – apart from scoring. The former Watford chief was frustrated as his side exited the Europa League in the play-offs after going down 2-1 at Molineux and 5-3 on aggregate. Torino had 58 per cent possession and 15 efforts on goal to Wolves’ eight in the second leg but ended up losing. “We scored and then we got confused. We were too euphoric after scoring and we made too mistakes,” said Mazzarri. “Even then we could have scored – we had a…

Wolves are ‘building a player’ in Traore – Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves are ‘building a player’ in ‘transformer’ Adama Traore. The speedy Spaniard is being converted to a wing back by the Molineux head coach and the 23-year-old responded to his gaffer’s patience by creating the first goal for Raul Jimenez in the 2-1 win against Torino to earn the club a place in the group stages after terrorising the Italians in the first leg, when he set up a goal for Diogo Jota and two players were booked for challenges on him. Nuno admits Traore’s speed is adding a new dimension to their play. “It was…

Happy Nuno salutes Wolves’ 12th man in tribute to home record

Jubilant Nuno Espirito Santo praised Wolves’ ’12th man’ as he saluted a ‘massive’ achievement for reaching the Europa League group stages. A 2-1 win on the night against Torino and a 5-3 victory on aggregate over made it 16 games unbeaten at Molineux for Nuno’s side in all competitions since January 2. The Molineux head coach celebrated the win even more lustily than usual as he whirled his trademark three haymakers in front of the South Bank. When he emerged for his post-match press conference, the Wolves boss was arguably as proud and passionate as we have seen him, and…

Bruised Wolves topple Torino to reach Europa group stages

Europa League play-off: Wolves 2 Torino 1 (Wolves win 5-3 on aggregate) Wolves withstood a bruising battle at times to make the group stages of the Europa League against Torino on another memorable night at Molineux. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were deserved winners after an edgy start but were grateful to the Italians, who missed several chances to have pushed the tie into extra-time in what proved to be a testing encounter for Diogo Jota, who was fouled on numerous occasions and had two players booked for challenges on him, while Leander Dendoncker was left limping. Raul Jimenez gave Wolves…

Wolves’ Cup tie against Reading is a Portuguese managers’ reunion

Wolves have been drawn at home to Championship side Reading in the third round of the Carabao Cup – re-uniting Portuguese managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Jose Gomes. The Molineux men will take on the Royals during the week commencing September 23, in between the Premier League matches away to Crystal Palace and at home to Watford. Nuno’s second spell as a goalkeeper at Porto, from 2007-10, coincided with Gomes’s stint as assistant manager there from 2008-10, as part of Jesualdo Ferreira’s backrooom staff. But Nuno played only eight times in three seasons before calling time on his playing career…

Nuno insists Wolves are embracing their busy schedule

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ players are embracing their busy schedule. Wolves face Torino at a sold-out Molineux on Thursday in their seventh game in 22 days and their fifth in 15. It is part of a hectic spell of nine in a month, with Everton away still to come in the Premier League on Sunday before the first international break. In addition, there has been plenty of travelling, with Wolves’ first eight games of the season played across four countries – England, Northern Ireland, Armenia and Italy. Nuno is expected to ring the changes again to rotate his squad…

Timewasting debate: ‘There’s nothing wrong in it’ – Dyche hits back at Wolves fans

Sean Dyche has hit back at criticism from Wolves fans accusing Burnley of timewasting, insisting their tactics are no different to other teams. Frustrated home supporters moaned after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Molineux that Dyche’s Clarets had used any break in play to deliberately delay restarts. Fans in particular pointed out the time it took for goalkeeper Nick Pope to take kicks and the disruptions at throw-ins. One Wolves fan tweeted that he paid his money to watch 90 minutes, not 35 minutes, in criticism at Burnley allegedly slowing the game down. Burnley boss Dyche feels their approach is the…

No one safe as Vallejo vying for all Wolves defensive spots

Jesus Vallejo insists he is happy to challenge Conor Coady and Willy Boly for their places at Wolves – not just Ryan Bennett. The on-loan Real Madrid defender has played the last two Europa League games in place of Bennett on the right side of the defensive trio, but hasn’t yet made his Premier League debut. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has preferred Bennett for domestic games so far this season. “I’ve been very happy in my first month. I played in a three-man defence at Real Zaragoza and Eintracht Frankfurt,” said the 22-year-old. “At Wolverhampton, I tend to play…

Traore ready to torment Torino again as the Wolves flier admits ‘Europa is making me better’

Wolves flier Adama Traore has warned Torino the Europa League experience is making him a better player as he prepares to torment them again. Three Torino players were booked for fouling the converted Spanish wing back as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side won 3-2 in Turin last week to gain an edge in their bid to make the Europa League group stages. Traore is adapting to the right wing back role and set up Diogo Jota for Wolves’ second goal in Italy last week, while he impressed coming off the bench in the draws against Manchester United and Burnley. The 23-year-old…

I want to be the best at Wolves – Neto

Pedro Neto might be one of the least experienced players at Wolves but he lacks nothing in ambition. The 19-year-old forward wants to be one of the best players at the club in a dressing room that includes European champions and Nations League winners Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho, plus fellow Nations League winner Ruben Neves. Neto arrived just before transfer deadline day earlier this month in a £20m joint deal from Lazio with midfielder Bruno Jordao. Unlike his fellow Portuguese team-mate who he arrived from Italy with, Neto has already made his mark in the first team, with a…