7 The Daily Telegraph Monday 20 July 2020 *** Home-alone Nuno admits his struggles with Covid shutdown By John Percy “We are all anxious to see what is coming in the future. “The world needs football, I hope it is helping, but at the same time this is not the football that everybody wants. When you go to the stadium and you have all these protocols and all these things, there is a fear. You look on TV and see all the problems happening in the world, you cannot get away from that.” Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed his struggles balancing Premier League management and the pandemic, saying his family life has been “really compromised”. The Wolves head coach is understood to have gone more than 10 weeks without seeing his family, who are based in Portugal. Nuno returned to England on May 7, while his wife and three children stayed in Porto, and he opened up on the impact of Covid-19 on his life away from football. In an emotional press conference ahead of Wolves’s game against Crystal Palace tonight, Nuno said: “I still think we are in the middle of a big problem. It’s not just affecting football, but life. Not only me, but everybody. In these situations, our freedom has been restrained in a way nobody could understand. “I want to go back and visit my family, but I cannot. Hopefully I can see them soon, [but] I’m not sure. I still have to wait. Our freedom has been really, really compromised. Wolves v Crystal Palace 8.15pm, Molineux, BT Sport 1 gratification in terms of what the players have done and given.” Tottenham killed the game in the first half thanks to a James Justin own goal and a brace from Harry Kane, which Rodgers thought was harsh on his players. “It was a funny game because I thought we actually played well in parts, but we did not start aggressive enough and gave goals at bad times,” he said. “We got done by three counterattacks. The players were playing for their pride in the second half and gave everything, but we did not quite have the legs. They are a brilliant bunch of guys and honest. We played the shape well and were causing them problems. The first goal was a huge disappointment and that gave them energy. When they get to 3-0 at half-time they can then stay in and close it out. “Another great experience for Luke Thomas; Wes Morgan playing his second game in four days; it is a tough ask for them. We are really distraught at the first half. “We put everything into the game to try and score and committed numbers forward but it was important we played with control. We did not manage to score but did not concede in the second half.” Wolves will equal their tally from last season if they pick up one point from their final two games, but Nuno has admitted the crisis is a huge distraction. “It requires a lot of effort, this is what the Premier League and all the teams are doing. It’s very hard for a football team to prepare the way we are preparing now,” he said. “Those moments when we are quarantined at our homes gives you a lot of time to think and analyse.”
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