With an early start to the 2019/20 campaign for Wolverhampton Wanderers, given our involvement in this years’ Europa League competition, Sunday afternoon saw us get our Premier League season up and running with a trip to Leicester City and their King Power Stadium.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo selected the expected squad for the opening clash, but it was a pretty poor and scrappy game but although Leicester had the better possession and chances, we arguably did a little bit more despite having less of the ball. Only the Video Assistant Referee system stopped us from taking the lead and winning the game, as Leander Dendoncker had an effort ruled out as the ball hit Willy Boly’s arm before he followed up to put it in the back of the net.
We know enough about Nuno to know he won’t have been that pleased with the performance, so he’ll be searching for quick improvements to get us up and running with a win in the next one.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, the VAR decision was always going to feature and Nuno commented.
“I haven’t seen the images but I trust them. If they saw it, what can we do? Things that weren’t that way before shouldn’t be now. We have such a nice Premier League, such a product, we cannot lose that. It’s what fans come for, to celebrate, not to celebrate a no goal – that’s not the real celebration of football. It’s not good for the atmosphere of football. The Leicester fans were celebrating the no goal, that’s not the mindset of the game. What I’m concerned about is, let’s not ruin the game. Two minutes the game stopped. The anxiety of us celebrating, then we waited – it’s not the spirit of the game.”