Wolves captain Conor Coady has said that he and his team-mates are enjoying the busy run of games that they have had rather than feeling burdened by it.
Speaking to the Express & Star, the 26-year-old hopes his team can maintain the momentum they have taken into the international break, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s men currently on a seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, and winning their last three in the Europa League.
Coady told the Express & Star: “We’ve not lost in a long time and we want to make sure we keep that going. It is important that we use this week to improve and get better.
“We go again, but that is what we want. We want as many games as possible. We are enjoying what we are doing, enjoying the way we are playing. These are the games you want to play in.”
Wolves’ form has spiked dramatically over the last two months after a slow start to the season – despite winning all six of their Europa League qualifying games, they took just three points from their opening five Premier League matches and lost their first Europa League group game at home to Braga. [via TransferMarkt]
Since that defeat, Nuno’s team have played 12 matches in all competitions and lost only one – the Carabao Cup game at Aston Villa. They have racked up three Premier League victories, including an excellent win away to Manchester City, and also won twice on the road in Europe. [via TransferMarkt]
Having been second from bottom in the league after a 2-5 home thrashing by Chelsea on matchday five, they head into the game at Bournemouth on November 23rd in eighth position, only one point behind Sheffield United in fifth.
However, Wolves have 11 players away on international duty before then, with top scorer Raul Jimenez travelling to Panama and Mexico, while Romain Saiss has a trip to Burundi before returning to Molineux. [via wolves.co.uk]
Nuno’s team then have a run of seven games in 23 days, although a draw against Braga in their next Europa League game will ensure qualification for the knockout phase by the time they host Besiktas two weeks later, in which case many first team players will likely be rested.
Wolves’ early-season results suggested that they initially found the added workload of a European campaign difficult to manage, but their form since the end of September is that of a team who have matured during the autumn and adapted to regularly playing twice a week amid continental travels.
Considering that they’re unbeaten in seven in the league and thriving in Europe, it doesn’t come as a surprise that centre-back Coady (who is not on international duty but has clocked the most minutes of any Wolves player this season) cannot wait to take to the pitch again.
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