Dendoncker | 'It’s up to us to make sure we’re ready'

Leander Dendoncker believes Wolves can bounce back in north London this weekend if the team play the way they know they can when facing Tottenham Hotspur for the third time this season.

Having fallen by a single goal at Molineux earlier in the Premier League campaign, before a penalty shootout defeat in the Carabao Cup, it will be third time lucky for Bruno Lage and his men, but after taking maximum points from their last two away clashes with Spurs when supporters have been present in the stadium, Dendoncker knows anything can happen in the top-flight.

On going head-to-head with Spurs

“They have their name, they have their history and they are a big club, but it’s football and it’s the Premier League, so everything is possible. If we really play the way that we can play and with the fans behind us, we can always do a little bit more.

“I just think we have to focus on our own team and our own strengths, and we will try to make the best out of it. It’s a crucial game, it’s massive, but every game is in this league. The best thing to do is to take it game by game.

“We know it’s going to be tough, but most of the games in the Premier League are really tough. It’s up to us to make sure we’re ready to go for it and we can take as many points as possible.”

On Antonio Conte’s impact

“He’s a manager who has his name in football, he’s really famous for what he does and I think he’s trying to do more or less the same at every club. He’s trying to be well organised, and then go on the counter-attack.

“They’ve been doing really well under him and they’ve been winning games again, and it’s a bit club, but we’ll try to do our best to go and win.”

On Wolves’ season so far

“Until now, it’s been really good. We’re in the top eight and there’s been good games and not so good games, but there’s been more good games.

“The way we play is really important as well, and we’ve been working hard at that with the new manager in training, trying to create automatism, and that’s what we’ve been working on for months now, and what we’re still working on, so I think until now, it’s been really good.

“If you look at the games, we didn’t concede a lot of goals and that’s always a good thing to start with because if you don’t concede, you can’t lose the game. But then on the other hand, with the ball, we try to play out of possession and trying to create chances as well.

“Starting with a good organisation and trying to go forward with the ball as well, that’s probably one of our big strengths, as well as the intensity of the game. We always try to play with a lot of energy, do a lot of runs with and without the ball, and that’s what we try to do every game.

“There’s still three months to go so we have to keep going and try to do even more and work harder until the last game of the season.”

On injured players beginning to return

“It’s given us a boost because we’re a small squad and we don’t have a lot of players. Now there will be three, four, five maybe six players coming back from injury and that can only help us and we will benefit from that.”

On working under Bruno Lage

“Every manager has their own philosophy, and he brought his own philosophy. From the pre-season onwards, we’ve done a lot of tactical meetings and he’s been explaining to us how he wants us to play with the ball mostly, and that’s what every player would like to do, when they have the ball, rather than without the ball.

“He’s been trying to make us play better, he’s been trying to make us work hard, and to motivate us to work hard every day. That’s always good.

“With the younger players, he’s always trying to motivate them. We’re always trying to work hard in training every day and we try to give our best every time.”

On dreaming of Europe

“I would be lying to say we’re not dreaming about it because every footballer dreams, and we’ve been there already with the Europa League, so we know what it is like to play in the Europa League, so I would be lying if I said we don’t dream about it.

“But I don’t think we really think about it. We just try to take it game by game, and that’s what we’ve been doing, especially in the last few months.

“We’ve been more consistent in our results and the way we play, so I think we’re just going to try and keep doing that, and at the end of the season, we’ll see where we finish.”