Daniel Podence interview
This man faces his former club tonight, and John Percy spoke with Wolves’ exciting January signing. Here is a taster:
“It was unbelievable. Scary? Yes, you can’t describe it. Even if I tried to speak to you about the situation, you wouldn’t understand because it is too heavy to explain in words.
“Because we were from the city, it was more difficult for us than others.
“Has it been difficult to forget? Yes. I want to win all the time but it’s not possible. If you lose or draw and you end up being afraid to go home or to walk the streets, it’s very difficult to live in this kind of world.
“We’re trying to do our best but sometimes it goes wrong. We all need to feel secure. My girlfriend needs to feel safe.”
Wolves make three changes from their final day defeat at Chelsea
Podence, Traore, and Moutinho all come in.
It’s not how they dreamed it, but still a big night for Wolves
You cannot help but feel for the Wolves fans who have been denied the famous nights and crazy trips a European run brings, but nevertheless this is an important 90 minutes for the club.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are in a strong position to progress to the last eight of the Europa League, after a 1-1 draw and that crucial away goal in Athens. Olympiakos should not be underestimated however, overturning a 1-0 deficit at Arsenal in the previous round with Youssef El Arabi’s scoring a dramatic goal in extra-time to send them though on away goals. Mathieu Valbuena is one of their star players while centre-back Pape Abou Cissé also impressed against Arsenal and has been linked with a move to the Premier League.
Wolves were slightly disappointing in Project Restart when they looked to poise to challenge Chelsea for a Champions League place. After winning three consecutive games following the league’s resumption, Wolves slipped to some damaging defeats against Arsenal and Sheffield United when Nuno was criticised for being unduly cautious. They could still reach the Champions League however, if they win the Europa League which will be decided via a series of one-off games in Germany. Wolves will play either Sevilla and Roma if they progress this evening.
Daniel Podence is up against his former club, while Nuno also has Europa League joint-top goalscorer Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore to choose from in attack.
Before the game, the Wolves manager called for the Premier League to give those teams involved in Europe an extended break: “The Premier League should acknowledge the teams involved in Europe, depending on how far they go. We are going to play in August and we’re going to start playing again in September.
“I’m sure they will look at it and adjust the schedule. For sure, no team will be able to give too much time for the players to recover.”
Team news on the way shortly.