Rui Patricio may be 32 years of age but is as hungry as ever to improve every single day, alongside his club.
The Portuguese, who recently became his nation’s most capped goalkeeper, has been an ever-present for Wolves once again this season, keeping clean sheets in three of his six appearances. As Nuno Espirito Santo’s group prepare to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Friday evening, Patricio knows a tough challenge awaits, but is fully focused on the task at hand.
On improving this season
“I would say that everyone’s work matters here. Not only the players, but the manager, the staff, everyone involved in all of the areas. All of us help the club grow and be better.
“Our goal in the end is obviously to improve as much as we can, and we just take it day by day as a chance to grow. I think that this is quite important, just to grow, not only to help grow the club, but for us to grow as well.”
On Crystal Palace up next
“All games here in the UK are quite difficult, so Friday will be a difficult game. Obviously, as a team, we want to do our best and we aim to be at our top shape. Obviously, Crystal Palace is a strong team, so we need to work, everyone needs to work and to do as much as possible to win the game.”
On his two years at Wolves
“I have made the most of this opportunity here in the UK, to play in the best league in the world. I’m very proud to have this opportunity to play at such a big club, with such great conditions to grow into and evolve. It also helps that we have a lot of Portuguese players here.”
On Premier League versus Primeira Liga
“They are two completely different leagues and I feel like the games are played differently. I would say that the games here in the UK, in the Premier League, are way more intense than the ones in Portugal.
“I would say the Portuguese games sort of have a more mellow pace, but I enjoyed playing in the Portuguese league and here as well, both are amazing and both different.”
On being Portugal’s most capped goalkeeper
“It brings me so much pride to have this many caps and obviously I want more. My goal here is to continue to grow, to work, and to be better, to evolve as a player. Right now, I want more, and my goal is always to grow day by day and to prepare to play and be better.”
On a strong Portuguese group
“All of my colleagues, and all of these people that I call friends, are top players. Obviously, playing for Portugal, we can see the quality of Portuguese players, not only here in Wolves, but also in other English teams.
“We have really good Portuguese players and it brings me great pride just to play alongside these amazing people and here at Wolves we just help each other, Portuguese players help each other which just makes the job easier in the end.”