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Nuno previews Wolves visiting Newcastle United and praises Steve Bruce and his players

11 months ago
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Nuno has been looking ahead to his team playing at t James Park.

Buoyed by a comeback win on Thursday in Bratislava, the Wolves boss is expecting a tough game.

Nuno declaring: ‘I think Steve Bruce is someone who is connected to Newcastle and you can feel that in the team – that passion that they have.’

Wolves could go as high as top six with a win whilst victory for Newcastle would take them three points clear of the relegation zone if Norwich lose to Man Utd.

So a key game for both clubs.

In terms of total shots, Wolves are very lowest with 80 and Newcastle 81, the next lowest is Crystal Palace with 92.

Then for efforts/shots on target, Newcastle are very lowest on 21 and Wolves next worst on 24.

However, the fact that Wolves have scored 12 of their 24 efforts on target and Newcastle only five of their 21, suggests that Wolves are getting in the better shooting positions.

Nuno speaking to the official club site:

“It is a tough challenge, we saw their previous game at home [when beating Man Utd] and now we take a look at the game they played against Chelsea and try to always look at their weakness and their strengths but for sure it’s going to be very difficult.

“We played them in the Asia Trophy.

I think Steve Bruce is someone who is connected to Newcastle and you can feel that in the team – that passion that they have.

“It’s going to be tough but knowing that we also want to go there and compete and give a good fight.

“[Beating Newcastle 4-0 in the Asia Trophy] is not relevant at all. It was at the beginning of the season for both teams.

“The analysis that we make now is that they’re a very good team, an organised team with a very good shape, defensively they have no space, no gaps and very good players.

“It depends how you see it [Wolves having the fewest number of shots in league].

“If you are clinical, if you don’t have many shots but if you are clinical and you score – fantastic!

“If you have a lot of shots and you don’t score, you have a problem.

“It depends, but it is one of the aspects that we have to improve, of course. To be able to score you have to shoot but shoot in the right moment, don’t shoot because of the stats. Shoot because it’s a good option.

“We see the game, of course the stats are something that you have to look at because they are facts, but we see the game, we see the dynamics of the game. How long do you take to recover the ball, how long can you keep the ball?

“If your possession ends up in an action that allows you to finish in a proper way. The stats are a tool for help, but it is not the main thing, of course not.”

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