Harry Redknapp is familiar with managing in Europe, having taken Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur to the next level during his coaching days, and has been impressed by how Wolves have adapted this season.
The 72-year-old checked in to Molineux as part of the Amazon Prime team covering the impressive win over Manchester City in December and spoke positively of the way Wolves are going about their business again this season.
On Wolves’ style of play
“They’re fantastic. I’ve been really impressed with them. I watched the game against Tottenham before Christmas, and I thought they were magnificent. They were so unlucky to lose the game.
“Some of the football they play is absolutely top drawer, they’re a real pleasure to watch. They’ve got everything, they play and they’ve got pace. The way they move the ball around from back to front is top class.”
On balancing the Europa League
“It’s not easy playing Thursday nights, then Sunday, it can be very disruptive, but they’ve done brilliantly.
“Lots of clubs have fallen by the wayside after getting into the Europa League in the past, but Wolves are going strong and they’re the outside tip to make the top four this year. There’s still a possibility.”
On the stand-out players
“I love Moutinho from the times I watched him all those years ago in Portugal, but they’re full of quality players.
“Jimenez has adapted to English football so well, too. He’s made for the English game, he looks the complete all-round centre forward – excellent.”
On Nuno developing Traore
“We all want to be the best and if you don’t want to be the best, you don’t go into it (coaching). You always strive for excellence.
“Like Traore, you’ve got to work with players and try to improve them. He was a player that used to frustrate me, watching him play at Middlesbrough, but suddenly he’s come here, and he looks a different player because somebody’s instilled confidence and belief, and given him some information which has made him a better player.”
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