Nuno Espirito Santo has said Wolves’ first season back in the Premier League has been a year of learning for his players.
Wolves prepare for their final league game of the season at Molineux tomorrow afternoon with the visit of Fulham, who – despite already relegated back to the Championship – are looking to make it four wins from four when they visit the Black Country.
Ahead of tomorrow’s match, The University of Wolverhampton will present an Honorary Doctor of Sport to Nuno due to his contribution since taking over the leadership of the club.
On his University doctorate
“I’m very proud and very honoured. Since we arrived we’ve always been very well received by everybody, by the people of the city.
“I’m only one person that will receive this prize, but this award goes beyond myself, it’s for all the people that are working here; the players, the staff, the employees of the club, as well as the fans.
“It is an award that means a lot for everybody. For the club, it’s being recognised by something so important, like a university, so I’m very proud.”
On Wolves’ first season back in the Premier League
“We’ve enjoyed it and learned, not only in the Premier League, but you learn in every moments of your life. A training session could be a good moment to learn and at the same time to improve yourself.
“Life is always full of learning moments.”
On confidence from recent victories
“For everybody its good. When you perform well and achieve good results against tough teams and opponents, it always increases the levels of confidence.
“In every game when things aren’t going well, we try to achieve a moment of reaction – from all of us. The focus is always to improve in training and then try to perform well in the competition.
“We’ve always been able to bounce back. In life, in football, there are not always good moments, so you have to react to those that don’t go so well by doing what you always do. We always speak of unity and togetherness and the players have shown a lot to bounce back; mainly character.”
On the test of Fulham
“We have to focus and compete well against a tough opponent who have achieved some good results recently. We have to be focused and compete the best way we can.
“They are always dangerous – all games are very tough. Of course, they come from good results, so we expect a very tough game.”
On the Wolves fans’ support this season
“I’m very pleased and I’m always thankful for the support they’ve been giving us in every game since we were in the Championship. There is a bond that we’ve created to which we must preserve it and keep it.
“The best way to do this is to give everything that you have on the football pitch, and this way the fans will always be behind us.”
On the visit of WWE wrestler Sin Cara
“It’s always a pleasure to receive someone here, especially someone so close to Raul. It’s a cultural thing in Mexico, so we’re really pleased that he’s come here to support us.
“Football nowadays is global, so if we have a chance for someone so far away being a fan of Wolves, that’s always good.”
On Iker Casillas' recovery from a heart attack
“We worked together with Iker for one year at Porto. He is someone that I really admire, and I wish him all the best.
“I know that he’s okay now and I hope that he can still have a moment on the pitch, because he’s doing great and he’s a fantastic man - a legend.”