Dendoncker reflects on the end of the season

Leander Dendoncker has echoed the sentiments of his manager and teammates in expressing pride for the performances of Wolves in what was the club’s longest season in history.

After almost 13 months, Wolves’ 2019/20 season came to an end with a heart-breaking 1-0 defeat to Spanish outfit Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-finals. But although disappointed not to have made it through to the semis after a superb defensive display for 88 minutes of the tie, the Belgian knows the team should be satisfied with their campaign.

On Tuesday night’s defeat

“We were very disappointed. We gave so much in this game, and obviously we had the early penalty kick, which we all thought Raul would score.

“He’s proven that he’s a very good penalty kicker in the previous games in the league, but also in training as well. In training this week, he’s put every penalty inside. But that’s football.

“I think we were very well organised, we defended the goal really well, and they haven’t been really dangerous apart from the goal.

“We hadn’t been really dangerous either, but we were all ready for extra-time. I don’t think they had a lot of energy left to go and attack, but they used their experience to try and keep the ball.

“It’s a shame.”

On the mood in the dressing room

“I saw Raul briefly and he is doing the doping test, so I didn’t really get the chance to speak to him, but I think everyone’s disappointed.

“We can’t blame Raul. He’s given us so much this season, so I don’t think there is anyone to blame.

“We played a very good game today, even though we didn’t create a lot of chances, we played against a very good side and I don’t think they’ve been very dangerous, which is credit to us.”

On the takeaways from a historic season

“I think we can be very satisfied and very proud of what we’ve done this season in the league, but as well in the Europa League. I think we can be proud of ourselves.

“It’s a shame that we have to go out like this, but this is football and there’s nothing we can do about it anymore.”