Wolves want to reach giant issues in Europa League

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Wolves are into the quarter-finals of a major European competition for the first time in 48 years

Forward Raul Jimenez says Wolves want to “achieve big things” after they reached the Europa League quarter-finals by beating Olympiakos.

Jimenez’s penalty secured a 1-0 win over the Greek champions at Molineux on Thursday and a 2-1 victory on aggregate.

About Wolves
The wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the gray wolf or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. More than thirty subspecies of Canis lupus have been recognized, and gray wolves, as colloquially understood, comprise non-domestic/feral subspecies. The wolf is the largest extant member of Canidae, males averaging 40 kg (88 lb) and females 37 kg (82 lb). Wolves measure 105–160 cm (41–63 in) in length and 80–85 cm (31–33 in) at shoulder height. The wolf is also distinguished from other Canis species by its less pointed ears and muzzle, as well as a shorter torso and a longer tail. The wolf is nonetheless related closely enough to smaller Canis species, such as the coyote and the golden jackal, to produce fertile hybrids with them. The banded fur of a wolf is usually mottled white, brown, gray, and black, although subspecies in the arctic region may be nearly all white.
Of all members of the genus Canis, the wolf is most specialized for cooperative game hunting as demonstrated by its physical adaptations to tackling large prey, its more social nature, and its highly advanced expressive behaviour. It travels in nuclear families consisting of a mated pair accompanied by their offspring. Offspring may leave to form their own packs on the onset of sexual maturity and in response to competition for food within the pack. Wolves are also territorial and fights over territory are among the principal causes of wolf mortality. The wolf is mainly a carnivore and feeds on large wild hooved mammals as well as smaller animals, livestock, carrion, and garbage. Single wolves or mated pairs typically have higher success rates in hunting than do large packs. Pathogens and parasites, notably rabies, may infect wolves.
The global wild wolf population was estimated to be 300,000 in 2003 and is considered to be of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Wolves have a long history of interactions with humans, having been despised and hunted in most pastoral communities because of their attacks on livestock, while conversely being respected in some agrarian and hunter-gatherer societies. Although the fear of wolves exists in many human societies, the majority of recorded attacks on people have been attributed to animals suffering from rabies. Wolf attacks on humans are rare because wolves are relatively few, live away from people, and have developed a fear of humans because of their experiences with hunters, ranchers, and shepherds.

Wolves want to achieve big things in Europa League

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It is the first time in 48 years that Wolves have reached the last eight of a major European competition.

“We want to keep going. We know we can do it,” said Jimenez.

Wolves want to achieve big things in Europa League

He told BT Sport: “It’s a long, long season. We started last year but we are here. We head to Germany. It’s big.”

Wolves, whose season started 383 days ago, will play five-time winners Sevilla in a one-legged quarter-final in Duisburg on Tuesday.

Thcompetition will be completed with a ‘final eight’ tournament in cities across Germany after the coronavirus pandemic caused the football calendar to be suspended in March.

The quarter-finals begin on Monday and the final will take place on 21 August in Cologne.

All the Wolves players and staff gathered to celebrate the win

‘We don’t want to stop’

“It is exciting to be in the last eight – we started before everybody,” said Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

“The only pity is we should be at Molineux for the quarter-finals.

“Football gives us good moments, bad moments, but it’s so enjoyable to compete. These boys like to play football.”

Wolves captain Conor Coady told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We want to keep going. We worked so hard and we don’t want to stop.

“It is a brilliant football club. It is Wolves versus Sevilla and I don’t think anyone thought we would be saying that three years ago.”

‘Nuno can take them to promised land’

Former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison told 5 Live: “Wolves can win the Europa League, which would qualify them for the Champions League.

“It is important they get Champions League football to hold on to players like Jimenez and Adama Traore now. Getting into the Champions League will be big pulling power.

“Most of what Wolves have achieved is down to Nuno. Huge credit has to go to him and there will be lots of big clubs looking at him, but I hope and think Wolves will keep hold of him.

“I think Nuno is the man to take Wolves into the promised land.”

Former Wolves midfielder Matt Jarvis added: “It has been a long, long season for Wolves and they looked tired, but Nuno will make sure they are ready for Tuesday night. No way will they be under-prepared.

“Even when it was tough, they still found a way through.”

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