Wolves: Are they the best newly promoted Premier League side ever?

10 August, 2018, 08:12 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Nuno Espirito Santo arrived at Wolves last summer and went about a revolution at the club to turn them into a Premier League side.

I've spoken to Pep twice on Sky since the end of the season, we did a programme the other day with Dave Jones and Jamie Carragher asking questions.

Jose Mourinho was left frustrated as Manchester United missed out signing their transfer targets.

Arsenal will be hoping to start the season on a positive note at home against champions Manchester City.

"All good. The only thing that was not good was that I was not happy at working without the majority of my players [due to the World Cup]".

"Unavailable is [Sergio] Romero - he had a surgery after his injury before the World Cup. Dalot, we knew he had a surgery on his meniscus and we have to wait a couple of months before he is ready". And with stars like Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Philipe Coutinho already in the ranks, Barcelona are doing all they can in a bid to retain their league title. They are recently champions and after that the stability of being in the first half of the table.

REUTERS/John CliftonFor Wolves, a top-half finish would represent a great campaign - and Leicester City's title win of 2015/16 proved that the top six is breakable given a slice of luck and the right circumstances - but it would take something miraculous to get any better than a seventh-placed finish.

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Neville, who was speaking at Cadbury's Premier League launch in Dublin, outlined how he felt that the vigorous Champions League and Premier League schedule of playing "Saturday then Wednesday" does not suit the "100mph" way that Liverpool play.

How do you plan for a game like this?

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today, so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed", Mourinho said.

I'm told by someone who was there that they were very sanguine, to put it kindly, about the quality at the World Cup.

The Arsenal legend said: "I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be". How closely do you watch their progress over the season? In football, you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now.

"The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group [of World Cup players] because everybody is different physically and mentally to see how they feel, how they are and to understand if they think how they can help or not help".

No one needs to be reminded of how Guardiola's team blew everyone out of the title race a year ago, and they are huge favorites going into this match.

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