Diogo Jota believes home advantage could prove a huge factor in the outcome of the FA Cup quarter-final clash against Manchester United this weekend.
Wolves are back under the Molineux lights on Saturday night as they take on the Red Devils for the chance to play at Wembley, and Jota is eager to get out on the pitch in front of a packed house, but knows the team will need to be at their best if they want to make the penultimate round of the historic competition for the first time in more than two decades.
On facing United at Molineux
“One of the reasons I came here was top play in big cup matches against teams like Manchester United. It’s an important stage now and we know it’s a big game, but no different from the one we had last week against Chelsea.
“We’ve had success against the big teams. We know we can go out there and win the game, but we also know how hard it will be. We know we will have to be at our best to get to the semi-finals.
“Fortunately, it’s at home and we can have the support of our fans, which will be an important factor.”
On being the underdogs
“We will have the support of the country because they like the underdog. Everyone wants to support, like me as a kid, the smaller teams because they can trust they are going to give their best against the bigger team.
“If we do our best, then we can go through and then we’ll have to see the draw. It’s at Wembley so it’s a final already, we have three finals to go.”
On dreaming of cup glory
“Winning competitions is always a target for every player and we have a very important game on Saturday to get to the semi-finals.
“I am doing what I liked to watch as a kid. When you dream as a kid about something you’re doing now I think you have to be happy.”
On Nuno’s goal celebrations
“He doesn’t do that in training. I think it’s the way the games ended with the late goals. There are feelings that he doesn’t like to show, but he can’t help it because it’s an emotional game.
“I don’t think he thinks about it – he just does it. I think it’s a good thing for fans to see their coach celebrating like that.
“I can’t imagine how he’d celebrate if we win the final.”