Wolves were starting to ease off the gas in the Premier League and the strains were showing. While they looked comfortable for a mid-table finish. It was their runs in the FA Cup and Europa League that were in real focus. Continental qualification through the two cups were seen as a realistic opportunities for wolves, and perhaps necessary to keep hold of the star players.
Meet Ade Okechukwu, the brightest prospect of Wolves' 2020 youth intake. The central defender was quick, brave and already an expert tackler. He had the potential to become Eng;and's best defender in the future but his poor Determination and Personality were major stumbling blocks. With the right people around him, he could become a world class player in the future.
Right... let's start with Premier League action. Wolves' poor league form continued as Everton completed a season doube with a win at Goodison Park. It was a game dominated by André Gomes and a deserved win for Everton. This was followed up by frustrating draws at home to Manchester United and away to Crystal Palace. Wolves made impressive starts to both games but conceded silly goals to share the points. The winless league run continues....
The FA Cup proved far more fruitful for Wolves. Spurs were the favourites at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Fifth Round clash but a Raúl Jiménez hat trick inspired Wolves to an unlikely 4-1 win. A trip to Sheffield United in the quarter final was Wolves' reward, and they stormed into the semi finals as a Jiménez double and a Jota goal inspired Pellegri's side to a 3-1 victory. It meant that a day out at Wembley awaited Wolves in April!
The European campaign continued fantastically. VfL Wolfsburg were Wolves' Lasy Sixteen opponents. Captain Conor Coady scored the only goal in a 1-0 first leg win. It was a drab game, in truth. However, the second leg was a spectacular event! Wolfsburg twice took the lead, but Wolves clawed back goals both times before Rúben Neves score in stoppage time to guarantee progression to the semi finals. The European dream continued!
Wolves' poor league form saw them drop to 13th place in the league. Top 7 looked well out of Wolves' reach, while realistically anything in the top half was going to be a challenge to achieve. A positive Goal Difference remained (just about), but Wolves were looking over their shoulder with Brighton and Watford hot on their heels.
Wolves had five big Premier League games coming up in April. First up was a trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal. Home games against Norwich, Brighton and Aston Villa were to follow before a trip to Leicester. Wolves knew they had to turn their league form around if they didn't want to slide further down the table, especially with a game against Brighton coming up.
Wolves' Europa League campaign was to continue against familiar opposition in the form of Gladbach. The German side were in Wolves' group earlier in the season, Both teams won a game each against each other in the group stage, and the quarter final clash was expected to be equally even. The first leg was to be played at the Molineux in Wolverhampton, with the second leg due in Germany.
The highlight of the upcoming month of fixtures for Wolves was an FA Cup semi final. The game was to be played against Burnley who were in 6th place in the league. Burnley were big favourites to progress to the final but Wolves under Pellegri has proven to be a big-game team. Who would win?
, goodbye Sevilla, hello Gladbach!
, he's been quiet as of late.... perhaps he needs to show the world his balls again
, he was acting hard
, honeymoon pics to come. They went to the sunny shore of Brighton to drink beside the doggy pool.
, scheduling has been rough, but it's never easy for Premier League teams competing in Europe, I suppose
, we can hope