Wolves want to achieve great things in the Europa League – Raul Jimenez

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Wolves enter quarter-finals of major European competition for first time in 48 years

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

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

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

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

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

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

The competition will be complemented by a ‘last eight’ tournament in cities across Germany after the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the suspension of the football schedule in March.

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

All Wolves players and staff gathered to celebrate the victory

‘We don’t want to stop’

“It’s exciting to be in the last eight – we started before everyone else,” Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said.

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

“Football gives us good times, bad times, but it’s so nice to compete. These boys love to play football. ”

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

“It’s a brilliant football club. It’s Wolves versus Sevilla and I don’t think anyone thought we were going to say that three years ago. “

‘Nuno can take them to the 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’s important that they allow Champions League football to hang on to players like Jimenez and Adama Traoré now. Getting into the Champions League will be a great pulling force.

“Most of what Wolves have accomplished is due to Nuno. Huge credit goes to him and there will be a lot of big clubs watching him, but I hope and believe Wolves keep him.

“I think Nuno is the man who takes the wolves to the promised land. ”

Former Wolves midfielder Matt Jarvis added: “It’s been a long, long season for Wolves and they looked tired, but Nuno will make sure they’re ready for Tuesday night. They will not be under-prepared.

“Even when it was difficult, they still found a way out. “

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