Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo sat down for an exclusive interview with the club's official website, ahead of his side's trip to St Andrews to take on Birmingham tomorrow, and highlighted the importance of his team keeping their emotions in check, if they are to have any chance of winning the game.
The Black Country outfit have been mightily impressive so far this season, and sit comfortably at the top of the Championship table, one point clear of second placed Cardiff City, having played a game less than Neil Warnock's side.
Nuno deserves great credit for the manner in which he has managed to galvanise an underperforming group of players, and transform them into a more unified outfit.
Some of the football that Wolves have played has been scintillating, and they will be looking to stretch their lead at the top of the table with a victory over their Midlands rivals tomorrow night - something that their manager insists will be no easy task, despite Birmingham's lowly league position.
The Portuguese sat down for an exclusive interview with Wolves.co.uk, and discussed what his team need to do in order to gain a victory tomorrow night:
Of course the players understand. They go to the supermarket, they go to the grocery (store), and the people that work there say ‘come on, Wolves ay we’. For me, I have been involved in many derbies, in different countries and regions. Monday is special and you have to deal with your emotions. It’s a derby, we cannot forget that – derbies are different. We look at Birmingham as a good team – a tough team. It is a derby and we have to deal, and the best way to deal is to take care of your emotions."
One thing is for sure, if the Wolves players fail to match the Blues' determination and fighting spirit from the kick-off they will be in trouble, but if they do compete with the hosts from a physical perspective, there will surely only be one winner.