Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo says he needs to bolster his squad with more players for next season.
Wolves lost 1-0 to Sevilla in their Europa League quarter-final tie last night. The result left the Portuguese manager reflective on how to take his team forward moving into next season.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Boss Nuno Espírito Santo Says ‘We Need More Players’
Espirito Santo: ‘It’s a Small Squad’
In his post-match interview after Wolves’ elimination from the Europa League, Espirito Santo explained the demands on his squad over the season.
Wolves’ 2019/20 season lasted 383 days and his side played 59 matches in all competitions, including 19 Europa League fixtures.
They began their campaign in July 2019, playing a Europa League qualifying match against Crusaders on July 25 last year.
However, Wolves managed a seventh-place finish in the Premier League and an impressive Europa League run.
Following the defeat to Sevilla whilst speaking to BBC Sport, Espirito Santo said: “We need more players to help us, it’s a small squad.
“Let’s look at our future and what we need. The club has been amazing. Making good decisions will help us to be stronger.”
The length of Wolves’ season caught up with the squad. Eight of their players featured in over 50 matches, with Conor Coady, João Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker all featuring in 57 games this season.
Nuno Espirito Santo only used 21 players throughout the Premier League campaign, three fewer than any other team.
In his post-match interview, the Wolves boss explained the importance of resting before the 2020/21 season.
He said: “It’s time to recover. We need to rest, a big break. We should prepare well for next season and make good decisions to allow us to continue growing.
“It is time to reflect and analyse. The team that started the game is the same as the first game of the season. We made mistakes we cannot repeat.”