Trying to compete in several competitions
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has responded to suggestions that the club are struggling to deal with the demands of both European and Premier League football.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s side were brilliant at times last season, eventually finishing seventh in the Premier League table.
After Manchester City’s domestic dominance, that position also gave the club their first European tour, qualifying for the Europa League.
However, after qualifying for the Group stage, the competition looks as though it’s starting to take its toll.
Much like Burnley last season and Everton the season before, Wolves’ campaign started extremely early compared to other Premier League clubs.
Their first Europa League game came on the 25th of July, over two weeks before their league campaign got underway.
Since then, Wolves have been forced to play almost every Thursday in Europe, then again in the league over the weekend.
It looks to have had an effect on Wolves, too, with Nuno’s side yet to win a Premier League game in five attempts.
That has led to some suggestions of fatigue, but Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves doesn’t agree.
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“I don’t think fatigue has anything to do with it”
Speaking ahead of their Europa League clash with S.C. Braga on Thursday, Neves has denied that Wolves are suffering from fatigue.
Instead, he’s suggested his side are ‘used to playing games in quick succession’ and the Europa League doesn’t have anything to do with their Premier League position.
Neves on league form: “I don’t think fatigue has anything to do with it. We’re used to playing games in quick succession, I don’t think the Europa League has anything to do with our position. We have a lot of confidence from the fans and our coach.”
— Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) September 18, 2019
Whether it’s fatigue or another factor, Wolves are in desperate need of a Premier League win.
Their next three games come against Crystal Palace, Watford and Manchester City.
For his sake, Nuno Espírito Santo will be hoping that his side can get three points on the board this weekend.