The pair’s teams have produced some exhilarating battles over the past two seasons and lock horns once again this weekend, with three Premier League points on offer. Promoted alongside each other from the Championship last term, the stakes are even higher now, but Nuno admits to having a great deal of respect for his Cardiff counterpart.
On respect for Neil Warnock
“I respect Neil a lot and I admire him. We’ve met before and had tough games against Cardiff, but we have a chance to clarify all the issues we had. I admire and respect him a lot.
“What he does is amazing, the way he achieved the promotion last season, the way he competes and prepares his teams to fight. This spirit is admirable so well done to him, but tomorrow we’re going to compete again. Fight for the same goals.
“I think it’s his character. What I saw last season, and his character is that he’s a natural competitor. So am I. We look and know we must do everything we can to help our teams to win.”
On Cardiff’s treat
“It’s going to be very tough. They are very aggressive, they have speed up front and are very dangerous from set pieces, we have to look at all the details of Cardiff and prepare well. At this moment these players are not playing, but before it was other ones and we were able to lift them up and improve their performance.”
On responding from Huddersfield loss
“We always approach the games the same way, no matter what the opponent, we always want to compete and prepare well for the game. When we don’t perform, we are not able to achieve the result, and that’s what happened at Huddersfield. We didn’t compete the best way that we can. Huddersfield were strong and they beat us, they were better than us that evening.”
On being back home
“It’s important. We’ve been away from Molineux for some games. Now we come back home and it’s always very nice to play with the support of our pack, knowing our fans are going to be behind the team and helping us to compete the best way we can. It’s going to be a very tough game tomorrow.”