Joao Moutinho talks his and Wolves’ Europa League journey in Thursday’s historic official matchday programme.
Wolves are competing for a place in the quarter finals of a major European tournament and another £5 special Europa League programme is available to purchase now.
Snippets of Moutinho’s interview, which features in full inside the programme, is available below.
On dreaming big at Wolves
“I think we already proved we can play against the big teams in the Premier League. These big teams play in the Champions League and we already won, of course we lost sometimes, but I think we play game by game against them and that’s the most important.
“They know if they don’t give 100 percent, we can win. This is good for us and we’ll try to play as best we can to win. Of course, we have a lot of quality, a lot of young talent and experience, and it is good to mix. We’ve shown this season what we can do, but we need to continue because if we stop now, it doesn’t matter what we did yesterday or last season.
“We can achieve something good, it’s true. You can dream big but stay with your head on the next game because it’s the most important. We need to dream big to achieve something big, but we are here to train every day, do 100 percent every training session, and try to win our games. After, at the end, we’ll see what’s happened.”
On playing in Europe from a young age
“Now that I look back, the process was really fast. I started in Portimonense and then I went to the Sporting academy, living with my godfather. Eventually I moved up to the first-team at Sporting which was a dream come true. In the first year we reached a European final, but unfortunately, we didn’t win.
“Thankfully I was able to make a contribution to Porto’s success. Winning game after game gave us great confidence in our quality as a team and it contributed to the trophies we won. The key to success was the fantastic team, its quality, the technical team, the leaders. Everyone was motivated towards one goal: win every competition that we took part in.”
On what Nuno brings to the group
“Every coach has a mentality, has tactics, has something you can learn from, for the players to observe, then we try to put our best on the pitch. Nuno knows football a lot, he played for a lot of years at very good teams in the Champions League. He sometimes knows what’s happening ahead of the players and this is good.
“I’ve already had coaches with the same experience, but talking about the present, we are doing a great job. Before I was here, they did a great job too, but these two seasons, we’ve done amazing things. He wants to improve, to do better and better, and that’s the mentality which he passes on, but always with feet on the ground.”