After scoring consecutive Europa League hat-tricks with his three goals against RCD Espanyol on Thursday night, Diogo Jota is hoping he can transfer that confidence into Sunday’s Premier League clash with Norwich City.
Despite the Canaries sitting bottom of the league table, Jota knows Norwich will pose a great threat when they arrive at Molineux after pushing Liverpool close in their previous game, but the Portuguese forward is also looking at closing the gap on those above them in the league, while being careful of those who are in the chasing pack behind the old gold.
On a difficult task against Norwich
“It is not easy at all. The Premier League is very competitive, and we had a very difficult game in Norwich.
“We also saw their last match against Liverpool, who are far ahead at the top of the table, and they struggled a lot to beat them as well.
“So, it’s not going to be an easy one, for sure, and we have to be at our best to be able to win.”
On replicating European goals in the Premier League
“Of course, scoring in the league has been an issue, mainly for us attacking players, but we know that we are not conceding as well, that’s a good thing.
“But we need to score and of course we know that if we are not doing that something is not working so well.
“We believe in ourselves and the things we are doing, and I know that if everyone has the same chances against Norwich as we have done recently, someone will score and will help the team to win.”
On getting the first goal
“It is always better to start scoring first, unfortunately it’s not been happening a lot for us and we conceded first for a good amount of games.
“But it shows that it doesn’t matter if you score first, it matters if you are winning at the end and we have to deal with the game as it flows to be able to win.”
On moving up the league table
“It’s really tight at the moment, and if we look back there are a lot of teams that are getting closer. If you look up until fourth it is really tight, so we know that the final third of the season will be decisive as always and we want to win as more games as we can.
“It’s exciting for everyone, knowing that the first five places can go to Champions League. That is a great thing for everyone and put even more on the final third, it makes it even more spicy – and everyone can take advantage of that.
“Like I said, we want to win as many matches as we can, but we know how hard it is. If we keep working like we are, the victories will appear in the Premier League and we will take advantage of the work that we’ve been doing until now.”