NEWS
Wednesday August 21 2019
Nuno: 'Torino tough for Wolves'

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo warns Europa League rivals Torino are “going to be tough for us, they are a very good team.”

The first leg of this play-off kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on Thursday at 20.00 UK time.

“Torino is a very good team, very organised, good players and manager, it's going to be tough for us,” he said in a Press conference.

“It's a very good team and a very tough challenge for us. They have a good defence, organisation, strong midfield, good strikers, we have to look at all the team, it's going to be a very good game tomorrow for sure.

“(Last season's) table doesn't meant much in these moments, as what we and Torino did last season isn't relevant now. Torino is a very good team.”

While Toro begin their Serie A campaign this weekend, Wolves already played a 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester United.

“We've been preparing since the beginning of the season for these kind of cycles," assured Nuno.

“Having three days, it's difficult but we are ready to play. We'll decide (the team) tomorrow, we have a strong XI and we compete.”

There were some eyebrows raised after UEFA assigned an all-Portuguese refereeing group to the match, even though Nuno Espirito Santo and his entire staff are Portuguese, not to mention seven players from the country too.

“There's no issue here, come on. Our native language here is English, everyone speaks English to each other. Before the game we never speak about the referee, I think it's the best way for him to referee normally and not create any pressure.

“Normal game, good referee, good teams – let's play.”