Fabio Silva insists Wolves will focus on their own job against Manchester City on Wednesday, with a strong finish to the campaign at the forefront of their minds with three matches remaining.
Of course, much of the attention at Molineux on Wednesday evening will surround the title race Manchester City are in the thick of, but for Wolves, their hopes of a top seven finish were kept alive by Conor Coady’s late equaliser at Chelsea. Silva, who featured in the seven matches preceding the trip to Stamford Bridge, is pleased with his own personal form, but is hungry to find that elusive goal which he feels his performances have deserved.
On finally getting the luck in front of goal
“It’s difficult because the last games, only against Brighton was a bad performance, but I think with Aston Villa, Newcastle and Burnley, we had good chances to win and score goals. Sometimes you don’t have some luck, it’s important, but in this time we were lucky to score in the last minute.
“We have a lot of players who can do good things because we have different players, with different capacities. Some players are good deep, some players are good one versus one, and it’s good for the coach when he looks at the team and has solutions to play.”
On a big game up next
“All players, in their lives, have the ambition to play these games. For me, it’s incredible to play against these teams, all the teams in the Premier League are incredible, and it’s amazing to play with the atmosphere, but these players play for their national teams, they’ve had brilliant careers and it’s very good to go to the pitch and see you’re playing against these guys.
“With Man City, it’s crazy because it’s one of the best teams in the world, the way they play, the way they’re patient with the ball, it’s incredible. Tough game, but you always go with ambition to win.
“We have targets until the end of the season. We have in our hands good things to do. For the title, if you lose points at this moment, it’s not good because there’s only three games. It’s an important game for both teams, we have big things to conquer, and they also have good things to conquer.”
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On preparing to face City
“For a coach, I imagine it’s difficult to control the heads of the players when you lose a semi-final and are winning. They had the chance to go to the final, but lost, and after had the capacity to go to the game and win 5-0 and play so well.
“Sometimes we have to have a low block, but sometimes we can press. The staff have the strategy for the game, the way to stretch them, the way we have to defend, to do the moments with the ball, but I think it will change always. You see videos about the teams, you have to change something, if you play with Burnley or City, you have to change some things, it’s normal.”
On his own form
“For me, it’s important to score because I think the games before, I think I did a brilliant job, the people can see I grew up. The only thinking now is the goal, but I think things come naturally. If you work hard all the time, every day here, I think you are closer to achieving the things you want.
“Now, in this moment, I don’t care what the people say. I only care about the people with me, my team mates, the coach, my family, the people who want to help me. I like that pressure.”
On Coady leading a good group
“He [Coady] deserves it, he’s the captain in the dressing room. He’s very good, is always trying to help other people, the younger guys. It’s important when you have your captain pushing, to say some words to keep you motivated, I think it’s very important.
“All the team help me a lot in this moment to keep me motivated when I play or don’t play. It’s one of the best dressing rooms I see, it’s incredible the way, for example, all the people in the dressing room are focused on the same achievement. The key for Wolves is the dressing room.”
On the support around him
“I don’t have a lot of friends. I know a lot of people in football, all the people want to meet you, but I have my close friends, the people I trust. I have my agent, my father, my family, the staff, my team mates, and I think when you want to play, you have to pay attention to these people because they want to help you.
“It’s difficult because I think people forget I’m 19 years ago, you need to have time to learn some things. I came from the league in Portugal, it’s different to the Premier League, I have to hold more of the ball, I have to have more baller, be faster, and it’s like that.”