Nuno Espirito Santo believes Wolves’ victory over Norwich City was reward for the belief they have in themselves.
The head coach made just one change to the side that beat RCD Espanyol in the Europa League less than 72 hours earlier and was rewarded with another comprehensive victory. Diogo Jota added another two goals to his productive week, before Raul Jimenez added himself to the scoresheet, as Norwich were beaten on another successful day’s work for Nuno’s men.
On maintaining belief
“The most thing important is the belief. The result is what we see after, but the way we acted was very good. We played Thursday, with only one player (changed), so the energy was required, and the team showed it, so it’s good.”
On the performance
“It was good. We managed the game very well. We were always in control. Of course, the goals made it easier to stay organised. We blocked Norwich, they didn’t create too many chances, and we were clinical.
“Even in the first-half, Norwich is a good team, with a lot of combinations to block, that allowed us to recover the ball, and go past. Of course, three goals, more possession, staying in shape, always with the danger of not conceding. Clean sheet, everything starts there, so let’s keep on going.”
On Jota’s performance
“He showed (his quality) today and has been showing through his performances, through his hard work, since the Championship. He still has a long way to go because I think there’s always space to improve.”
On VAR muting celebrations
“Everybody’s thinking it. The fear of celebrating is becoming worse. It’s terrible, but today was good. It was clear, we scored and there were no problems, so hopefully it’s repeated.”
On preparing for Thursday
“We play again Thursday; we have a second leg. That’s our focus, because we want to sustain our performances through the season. We have to get that sustainability. It’s about being a team – having the team ready to compete whenever, wherever, that’s the idea.
“We’ll decide now (about changes). We still have a couple of days to work, we have players coming back, so if it’s possible, do it because we have a lot of options available.”