With the Premier League champions decided, attention will now be on who qualifies to the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wonders continued to show they are one to watch after defeating struggling local rivals Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park earlier today.
The visitors, surprisingly, only managed two efforts on goal but they made it count with midfielder Leander Dendoncker’s sublime 62nd minute goal, moving them only three points behind third-placed Leicester.
Speaking about the defeat Villa manager Dean Smith in an interview with BT Sport:
“We are disappointed, it was a nothing game. I thought it was an average game with defence on top, the sort you expect to finish 0-0. It was the sort of games you’d expect having played four games in 11 days. I thought we more than matched a top-six team and we were unlucky to lose the game.”
“There’s no tougher games than Wolves, we’ve seen them doing it on all fronts this season – in the league and in Europe. Going back, the scheduling four games in 11 days, you are always going to get injuries, errors and fatigue because of that. I thought it was an average game because of that. We’re the only team to do four days in 11 days, so thank you very much for that.” He further stated
Wolves have won all of their three games since the Premier League resumed, and that final day at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge has all the makings of a monumental encounter in the scramble for the top-four.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo spoke to the BBC saying “Happy with the hard work of the players. But we did not start well. We were not able to have our possession. We won a lot of second balls which was important in this game. The aim of the second half after we scored was to hold on and stay compact but after that we did not create many chances.”
“What’s in front of us will be very tough but it’s a welcome week to recover. We will prepare ourselves to compete and see what happens.” He said about his side’s chances of making it to the Champions League.
By Leroy Hawkson | Head of Sport | talksafrica.com