Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo accepts the club’s fans may start to dream of Europa League glory after his team took a huge step towards reaching the last 16 by thrashing Espanyol. Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick for the second consecutive game in the competition and Ruben Neves hit a stunning long-range volley as they dominated the first leg of their last-32 tie at Molineux. It was another impressive result in the competition for Wolves, who have not looked out of place in Europe despite an absence of 40 years.
Asked whether he felt the club’s fans are right to believe they could win the tournament, Nuno said: “They know me, now we have to recover, rest because we play on Sunday. “After that we can think about other things but dreaming is for free.” Wolves are fifth favourites with bookmakers to win the Europa League, with Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan tipped to lift the trophy this season. However, English sides have been in good form in the competition in recent years. Last year’s final was an all-English one contested between Chelsea and Arsenal, while a side from the Premier League has reached the final in three of the past four seasons. However, Nuno is adamant Wolves cannot take progress to the last 16 for granted, despite their 4-0 lead. “The tie is not over,” he added. “Football is never over. “We competed well, the result is the consequences of what we did. We were clinical and that’s what we want. “It’s another clean sheet, defensively we did really well and everything starts from there.”