Jose Sa has been enjoying life between the sticks at Wolves having moved to England during the summer and puts his impressive start down to the ‘amazing’ squad he became part of.
The Portuguese goalkeeper has quickly adjusted to life at the club, with his imposing Premier League performances earning him the Castore Player of the Month award in just his second month at Molineux.
He has continued his run of form with another nomination for November – following a man of the match display to earn his side a point thanks to his clean sheet – a second in two matches – at Norwich City on Saturday, but the 28-year-old is not intent on just being happy with what he has and has outlined his hopes for the future with the old gold.
On his first season in England
“It’s good. Of course, we are happy, but in this moment, we don’t look to the table, just like we didn’t look after the first couple of games too.
“We’re looking step by step. We do our best, we focus on the next game and then we focus on the game after that. Every time we do it like this.
“But of course, it’s better when you are working after one win rather than one loss. We are happy with our results, but we work to be better.”
On settling into life at Wolves
“It’s a little cold at the moment! But the people here are very good and it’s a real family club. I am very happy to be here and help when they need me.
“I also spoke a little bit of English before I came, not a good level, but ok. In Greece I had to talk English, but I still have a problem with the verbs; the past, the present, the future – but I can have a discussion.
“It was easier to settle here because we have an amazing group, as well as a lot of Portuguese. I already know them from Portugal and the national team, so it was very easy for me to adapt to the club and the Premier League because they helped me a lot.
“Being in the Premier League is amazing. It’s like a dream come true to play here, in tough games, against difficult teams, and play against some of the best players in the world, so I’m very happy.”
On picking up points after a difficult start
“It’s difficult because we have a new manager and some new players too, so we started almost like a foot behind. Little by little, we gained confidence and the results appeared.
“Now we continue our work and we are happy, but he [Lage] wants a consistent team and we trying and we are working to be like he wants.
“But we have to improve and we are working to do this.”
On his assist at Southampton
“I think it was my first assist in my career. Definitely since I became a professional. It was good and something which we worked very much.
“We sometimes work on looking at the wingers or the striker and try to find the space to put the ball and the team go up and continue to play.
“Of course, it was a good moment. I played it to Raul [Jimenez] and Raul protected the ball very well and after he scored. I’m happy because I helped, and it was a very important win too.”
On facing a Burnley side who had a weekend off
“It’s important to try and get the three points, but it’s always important to win the game in front of you, but we know December will be a tough month and we have to do our best.
“Now we are focused on the next game against Burnley, which will be a tough game because Burnley have a good team – like all the teams in the Premier League – but we are working well and we want the win.
“We’ve only had three days to rest and recover, so of course that is an advantage for them, but we recovered well, and we are ready for the game.”
On aims for the future at Molineux
“We will do our best, and go step by step, but I’m a dreamer and I want to [play in the Champions League], of course.
“For me, I want to be champion [of the Premier League], but we have to be realists too. This is a difficult league, but going step by step, game by game, and our mentality is to win the game, and then after that, we will look.
“But, of course, we want European games.”