Nuno on Wolves’ Europa League loss

Nuno on Wolves’ Europa League loss

DUISBURG, Germany — Nuno Espirito Santo launched a powerful defence of Raul Jimenez after his pricey penalty miss denied Wolves the prospect to succeed in a primary European semifinal for almost 50 years.

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The Mexican striker noticed his 13th-minute spot-kick saved earlier than a Lucas Ocampos header two minutes from time earned Sevilla a 1-Zero win and a date with Manchester United in Cologne on Sunday.

Defeat ended Wolves’ season after 59 video games and 383 days however Espirito Santo refused in charge Jimenez regardless of lacking the prospect to play in a primary European semifinal for the reason that 1972 UEFA Cup.

Raul Jimenez missed an early penalty in Wolves’ loss to Sevilla. Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Pictures

“Raul is a tremendous participant,” mentioned the Wolves boss. “All of the issues he does for the team — the work, the objectives, the expertise he has is superb. Raul is a incredible participant.

“Like I’ve mentioned many instances, it is a lengthy journey. We wished to go so far as we might. We got here actually shut right this moment.

“Everyone seems to be upset however we must always not ignore the hassle of the gamers. It is 14 months of onerous work — within the Europa League and the Premier League — and we have achieved good issues.

“The frustration cannot take away from all the great issues we have been doing.”

Wolves didn’t muster a shot on goal following Jimenez’s miss however Espirito Santo may need had motive to be aggrieved after replays confirmed goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was off his line when he saved the penalty and that defender Diego Carlos had encroached into the field earlier than clearing the free ball.

“I did not see the photographs, truthfully,” mentioned Espirito Santo. “I’ve been requested this earlier than. VAR is there. If that occurs we must always ask ourselves why they did not repeat it. There’s nothing we are able to do now. Talking about that now can solely make us extra annoyed than we’re.”

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