Leander Dendoncker insists his Wolves teammates are confident heading into Thursday night’s crucial Europa League round of 16 clash with Olympiacos but are well aware of the qualities the Greek champions possess.
The game is tied up at 1-1 following the first leg in Piraeus back in March, with Pedro Neto’s second-half strike giving Wolves the slenderest of advantages coming into the reverse fixture at Molineux. But the Belgian midfielder believes the Wolves players will give everything they can to reach the quarter-final stages of a competition the club began back in July 2019.
On a 378-day season
“It’s crazy. It’s been more than a year and has been a very long season, but we’re ready. We still want to play and it’s always nice to play Europa League. I think we’re all ready.
“It has been very long, with the break, lockdown and self-isolation, it’s been a very long season, but it’s been a very nice season as well.
“There’s been ups and downs, and it’s a shame from the last game at Chelsea that we had the same points as Tottenham, but not going into Europe. That’s quite a shame for the whole club, but I think we can be very happy about the season so far.
“We’ve had some rest and some days off. I think it’s very important to recharge the batteries and be at 100 per cent, ready for tomorrow. We now have to do our very best to end it in the best possible way in Europe.”
On playing 56 matches this season
“I just try to be ready for every game, I try to recover really well, try to work really hard in training, and that’s what everyone is trying to do.
“I think we’ve managed quite well with quite a small squad this season, but all the credit must go to the technical staff and the medical staff for that because they have worked hard at keeping us fit in the best way possible.”
On the importance of the away goal
“It’s a huge difference. An away goal is always counts double, that’s what they say. But it’s very important, and now it’s up to us to finish the job tomorrow.
“However, that won’t be easy because Olympiacos is a very good team – we saw that in the first game, so we’ll have to be ready.”