Nuno Espirito Santo welcomes his selection headache ahead of his side’s meeting with AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday evening as Molineux prepares to host Premier League football for the first time in three-and-a-half months.
Wolves got their league restart off to an almost perfect start with a comfortable win over West Ham United on Saturday afternoon, but the impact of substitutes Pedro Neto and Adama Traore has left the head coach with key decisions to make.
In his pre-match press conference, Nuno also spoke about a controversial ‘White Lives Matter’ banner which was flown over the Etihad Stadium at Manchester City’s match with Burnley on Monday night, as well as Raul Jimenez breaking Wolves’ Premier League single-season goal record, after notching his 14th of the campaign at the weekend.
On expecting a challenge from Bournemouth
“It’s a good team. I think it’s a team that plays good football, that has very good players, and Eddie is a fantastic manager.
“Everybody must understand that this [the Premier League] is a very tough competition, all the games are so tough and what’s happening to Bournemouth can happen to anyone.
“It’s a bad run and it’s very difficult to bounce back, but all the respect and admiration for Bournemouth. It’s an amazing team.”
On the Black Lives Matter campaign
“I saw it [the] and I think Burnley, the club, the staff and the players, have already condemned the banner and the situation that happened.
“But my personal view is that it makes me question if people are understanding the Black Lives Matter situation. They miss the point.
“Maybe there’s a confusion with the situation because it’s not about race; it’s about life. What we want to see is a respect for the next human being.
“As I’ve said before, I’m very hopeful that the next generations will understand because you have to feel it. It’s something that I’ve been seeing. It’s possible to feel it if you reconsider the way you see it. Let’s be hoping that at the end, everybody understands.
“Maybe the message is not getting through. That’s why I say it will take time, but for sure this is not the moment to not keep on going. We have to keep on going because it makes sense.”