Nuno's Pride At First Title

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves must savour this moment and enjoy a well-earned rest after he and more than half of his squad lifted their first league title in football this season.

The head coach has taken control of Rio Ave, Valencia and Porto previously, but it’s at Molineux where he claimed his first piece of silverware since his playing days.

He’s joined in that feat by key players including Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Conor Coady, and is proud this season’s success was achieved as a collective.

“Not only me, but many of the players this season achieved their first title,” he said. “You work for it, we began one year ago and it was long but we had fantastic moments.

“Maybe our fans forget some of the hard moments we had also. There were doubts created and people saying it wouldn’t work, so it gives you pride when you look at each other and can say ‘we did it and did it well’.

“Our fans were enjoying it, saying they like the way the players play, pass and organise. For the technical staff and coaches, it’s the best when people say they enjoy how their team plays. It’s what we’re here for, to make our fans enjoy.”

Supporters have enjoyed the style of play this season, so too the players and staff, and Nuno insists he’ll be enjoying the crucial moments just as passionately in the Premier League next season.

“I’m pleased because my conscience is very calm. This is me, if I celebrated goals like I did this season, I’m going to do it again because the happiest moments in football are when you score a goal.

“That goal reflects all the hard work of a week, it’s seven days for 90 minutes, so when you achieve it how can you not be pleased?

“At the same time, how can you not be angry when something goes wrong? It’s your work, this passion that keeps moving, and I’m not changing.”

Throughout the campaign, Nuno has reverted to collective praise rather than individual, with 19 different players netting for the first-team over the course of the campaign.

“I’m very proud of the squad we have, with the group of men we have. They like each other, they support each other, they help each other.

“This is the first step, then when you’re willing to do something outside your comfort zone, that is what keeps things good.

“I think our fans saw that every minute of the game, there were bad moments but you always saw a team fighting for each ball so we must be proud, but it’s over and now we have a big challenge.

“This is what I’m thinking, this is what we have to work on. Now they celebrate, but 9th August they expect something from us and we must be ready to deliver it,” he added.