Wolverhampton Wanderers have endured a difficult start to the Premier League and Europa League season but can Nuno Espirito Santo turn things around?
Besiktas coach Abdullah Avci accepts that Thursday night’s Europa League opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers have had a ‘bumpy’ start to the season, speaking to Hurriyet.
Avci has a point. Wolves finished seventh in their first season back in the Premier League last season and qualified for Europe after 40 years without continental competition at Molineux.
But Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been nowhere near as impressive so far in 2019/20 with a whole host of clichés, from ‘second season syndrome’ to the Europa League fatigue, being blamed.
A late draw at Crystal Palace, a penalty shoot-out victory against Reading and a hard-fought 2-0 triumph over Watford means Wolves have found some semblance of form in their last three games, however, though an away trip to Besiktas is a daunting proposition.
Istanbul on a Thursday night? That is pretty much the definition of a ‘tough place to go’.
And, speaking ahead of the game, Avci is hoping to deepen Wolves’ woes with a win on home soil.
“Life offers you a new opportunity every day and tomorrow is one of those opportunities,” said the former Turkey boss.
“We were below-par in the first game. The important thing is to reflect on the result, so far we could not. I hope that this energy will rise again with a win.
“(Wolves) have had a bumpy performance in their league this season. I hope we will get a good result.”
Wolves created chance after chance against Braga in matchday one but, thanks to a misplaced Ryan Bennett pass and a clinical Ricardo Horta finish, Wolves head to Turkey with no points on the board in the Europa League so far.
This wouldn’t be a bad time to cut loose and find form again.