External praise not distracting Nuno

Nuno Espírito Santo believes the plaudits his Wolves side have received since achieving promotion to the Premier League is not having an impact on his players.

Heading into Saturday’s match, Wolves’ head coach said his staff and players are fully focused on preparing for the tough task of Southampton’s visit to Molineux.

“It’s not what is being said outside or going on outside that is important for us, it’s how we work at Compton to prepare ourselves for the game.

“What is being said outside doesn’t affect us or distract us at all.”

Wolves welcome Southampton to Molineux after going four Premier League games undefeated, but the team suffered a blip mid-week when a much-changed line-up were knocked out the Carabao Cup on penalties to Leicester City.

Despite going out of the cup, Nuno is pleased with how his players have been performing.

“I’m very happy with the squad,” said the head coach. “They’re showing what we expect them to show. When the chance comes they must be ready, work hard on a daily basis, and we choose a strong 11, based on the qualities of the squad.

“For tomorrow, we have to make decisions, but what we are going to show is a strong team. Internal competition is the best thing you can have, so in that point we’re doing well.

“All competitions are very important. What we’ve been achieving, one of the biggest percentages of it is based on the support that we have at Molineux. It has been fantastic.

“The way the fans push the team, the way they encourage and support the team through 90 minutes has been fantastic.

“Tomorrow we expect that from them; because they are loyal, but not only at home, also away. We want to give it back to them and work very hard for it, but the home factor is important.”

Southampton arrive at Molineux with a single Premier League victory at Crystal Palace to their name, but Nuno understands preparation will be key to his team continuing their success.

“We expect a tough team, good manager, good squad; they have quality in their game and are a tough team to break. We are ready for tomorrow but know it will be very tough for us.

“We look at all aspect of our opponents. The way they react to the loss of the ball, the way they do set pieces. You have to know your opponent to be able to compete with him.

“The preparation for the game should be as careful as possible, because small details can change realities. It doesn’t have to change your shape, but knowing their strengths and weaknesses is basic information for the players. We look at all the details that could change the reality of the game in our favour.”