It all came down to one action-packed month of football for Wolves. With mid-table status secured in the Premier League, Wolves were on the hunt for silverware in the FA Cup and UEFA Europa League. Could they succeed? This is a roundup of the month in football for Wolves, as well as an overview of each competition that the club competed in this season.
May had the perfect beginning in store for Wolves in Premier League action. A trip to St. James' Park has become less daunting for clubs in recent years, and Wolves walked away with all three points following a stylish 4-0 win, with Raúl Jiménez's double a sign of things to come from the striker later on in the mnoth. This was followed up with a strong home performance as Wolves defeated Watford 1-0, with Neves scoring from range to make the difference. A respectable 0-0 draw away to Leicester followed before Wolves finished off the Premier League season with a disappointing loss at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, despite actually leading in the game (going on to lose 1-2).
Heartbreak came for Wolves in the FA Cup final this season. Despite playing the better football in 120 minutes of football, Manchester City lifted the trophy after a nervy penalty shootout. There were breakouts of rage from Pellegri and Guardiola as the pair showed the ugly side of football at times. Both managers were reprimanded by the FA, but Pep had the last laugh with the trophy in his hands.
UEFA Europa League:
Pellegri had his dream return to boyhood club Lyon in the semi finals. With Wolves leading the tie after a 3-0 first leg win the previous week, their 1-2 defeat in the second leg wasn't enough to deny Pellegri and Wolves a place in the final. Atalanta stood in Wolves' way in the final, although they couldn't deny the English club the title. Raúl Jiménez's second brace of the month inspired Pellegri's men to a win in the final, and a place in next season's UEFA Champions League group stage. The recent heartbreak of the FA Cup final quickly became a distant memory.
Wolves finished the season in 10th place. The club sat in 19th when Pellegri took over at the end of November, with just 2 points after 12 games. 49 points from the following 26 games was enough to elevate the club to a respectable mid-table finish. The club's goal record impressed and, despite complaints from the fans, the club held a solid defensive record. Expectations will be high for next season to see the club place higher.
Liverpool lifted the Premier League trophy, winning the league for the first time in 30 years, and by an emphatic 8 point margin over second placed Manchester City. Manchester United and Arsenal completed the top four, while Everton and Spurs took the fifth and sixth places, respectively. It was heartbreak for West Ham United, Newcastle United and Southampton who were all condemned to relegation. Three historically significant clubs in the Premier League who will be competing in the EFL Championship next season.
Morgan Gibbs-White's impressive form in May was enough to earn him the Young Player of the Month award for the second time this season. The 20 year old English midfielder also placed third in the Player of the Month award behind Lys Mousset and Mariano. Would his form be good enough for a call up to the England squad ahead of this summer's UEFA European Championship? No. Sadly not.
Jürgen Klopp's role in leading Liverpool to the league title saw him earn the Manager of the Year award. Liverpool's star attacker Mohamed Salah won the Player of the Year award, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka claimed the Young Player of the Year award. Sadio Mané and Callum Wilson shared the Golden Boot award, both scoring a league-high 21 goals. Ederson's 21 clean sheets was more than enough to win the Golden Glove.
Wolves' run in the FA Cup this season included wins over Middlesbrough, Lincoln City, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and Burnley before the final. However, Manchester City had the last laught with a penalty shootout win in the finall. Heartbreak for Pellegri and Wolves, will next year be their year?
Wolves' EFL Cup run ended in the third round against Manchester United. This happened prior to Pellegri's arrival at the club, so he had no say in how Wolves would do in the competition. Manchester United did end up reaching the final, but lost to eventual champions Manchester City.
UEFA Europa League
The UEFA Europa League was heading back to the Molineux following an incredible tournament performance from the club. Victories over Sevilla, Wolfsburg, Gladbach and Lyon secured a place in the final for Pellegri's men, and they performed well against Atalanta in Gdánsk to earn the title. It was the club's first ever trophy in Europe, and their first with Pellegri, and earned them a place in next season's UEFA Champions League group stage.
, a big summer indeed
, the tactical change certainly shocked Atalanta and it took them 45 minutes to adjust. By then, the damage was done.
, hopefully he's gone soon!
, thankfully Pellegri is now in a position where he can choose his own path. A European trophy is a good thing to have on his CV.
, we shall see if he stays or not
, yes, thank you!