Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo has not apologized for belittling comments he made about Premier League referee Lee Mason following his team’s defeat at Burnley.
The Clarets won 2-1 on Monday, but Nuno remained boiling in the performance of referee Mason, who the Wolves coach said was “not good enough” for a top-level trial.
The Football Association (FA) asked Nun to explain his comments, and although he regretted the weather, he insisted he would not apologize for them.
“I would apologize for the time of my comments. They were not at the best time to come across, because that could be a bad interpretation,” he said. “I will not apologize for my words and thoughts.
“I never judge and question the integrity of a referee. What I said was about the ability of the referee, what I felt and what I saw in previous matches. The Premier League is the best competition in the world – the only thing missing are the fans – and we expect high level of performance and high standards. As managers and players what we expect referees to be confident, maintain their authority on the field, control the players and lead the game. “
With three defeats in their last five league games, the Wolves rank 11th in Sunday’s clash with Tottenham, which ended a three-win winless streak by defeating Stoke City in the EFL Cup.
“This is a question I have to answer for three years in a row. You just have to copy and paste what I said then. He’s a great coach, very good work, the results are there,” Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho said when asked about the job Nuno did. in Vukovi. “You look at the table and how you can analyze managers using this table. This is a table that changes every week, every two games. Nuno is a very good coach.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wolves – Adama Traore
Traore was called off the bench against Burnley and created three chances, though that wasn’t enough to spur a comeback. Since the games will be dense and fast during Christmas, the tempo and strength of the wings will be crucial.
Tottenham – Harry Kane
Kane has scored nine goals in the Premier League this season; in the next strike he will become only the fourth Englishman to reach double-digit figures in seven consecutive campaigns in the Premier League, after Michael Owen (97-98 to 3 April), Frank Lampard (10th Rooney (11 between 04-05 and 14-15) ).
KEY OPTA FACTS
• After their 3-2 win at the Spurs in the last Premier League meeting between the parties, the Wolves are trying to secure victories against them for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign, when they completed a league double over them.
• The Spurs have won each of the last three away games in the Premier League against the Wolves, netting at least twice each time. In fact, only one of four Spurs defeats by the Wolves in the Premier League came to Molineux (0-1 in February 2010).
• After scoring 15 goals in their first five Premier League games this season (three per game), Tottenham have scored just 10 goals (1.1 per game) in their last nine in the competition. 20 of the 25 league goals this season (80%) have been scored by Son Heung-min (11) or Kane (nine).
• Since returning to the Premier League in 2018, the Wolves have averaged just 0.7 goals per Premier League game without Raul Jimenez in the starting lineup, compared to 1.3 goals per game when the Mexican starts.
• After winning the first four away games in the Premier League this season, the Spurs are without a win in the last three away games (D2 L1). However, they have still not lost consecutive away games under Mourinho.