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Nuno Espirito Santo talks from Marbella about Newcastle United challenge

2 months ago
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Nuno Espirito Santo is enjoying some warmer weather in Spain.

The Wolves boss having taken his team to Marbella for a training camp, returning to the UK on Sunday, the day before they face Newcastle on Monday.

Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez is taking is side to Spain as well but after the game at Molineux, his Newcastle side don’t have an FA Cup fifth round tie to ‘worry’ about.

Wolves though do, as well as sitting seventh in the Premier League, six days after meeting Newcastle, the West Midlands side travel to Bristol City to try and get into the last eight.

Amazing what a little bit of ambition and investment in the squad can help achieve…

Speaking highly of his opponents, Nuno Espirito Santo declares: ‘You can see by their last performances that Newcastle are very organised, very compact and with good players. Very good players. It’s going to be a very tough game and they’re going to demand a lot from us.’

Back in December, Newcastle United threw away the home match against Monday’s opponents, conceding the winner in the final seconds.

Not surprisingly the Wolves boss saw that moment differently…’When we have these special last-minute goals that gives you so much, like Matt [Doherty] did at Newcastle, it’s very enjoyable. We know that it’s very hard to repeat, but that shows the character the team has.’

Wolves have done well this season, no question, however they are very up and down and already have five defeats at home, including losing to Watford, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace.

Wolves have no relegation worries and can attack the FA Cup and rest of the season, whilst only two points above the drop, Rafa Benitez needs extra points desperately.

The Newcastle boss at least has a growing number of options, as he revealed earlier on Friday that only Jonjo Shelvey and Rob Elliot are definitely ruled out of this match.

Nuno Espirito Santo talking to official Wolves site:

“It (warm weather training camp in Marbella) has been very good.

“The weather is good and the way the boys are working, they are committed, they are focused. It’s what we came for – to work hard and, at the same time, have these social bonds that we want to create stronger.

“It allows us to spend time together and when we like to be with each other, it’s good. It’s nice.

“We are working very hard, very focused and we’re going to be ready for Newcastle.

“That [next Premier League game] is the only focus that we have.

“Back at Molineux on Monday against a tough team and we have to work very hard, improve things that we have to improve and back in Molineux with the support of our pack, we’ll try it.

“I love everything about football.

“When we have these special last-minute goals that gives you so much, like Matt [Doherty] did at Newcastle, it’s very enjoyable. We know that it’s very hard to repeat, but that shows the character the team has.

“You can see by their last performances that Newcastle are very organised, very compact and with good players. Very good players.

“It’s going to be a very tough game and they’re going to demand a lot from us.

“We are very pleased, we had tough games [recently] and the response of the team has been good, but we know that the most important one is the next one, so we are preparing for the next one.”

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