Nuno Espirito Santo has backed Raul Jimenez after his penalty miss proved pricey in Wolves’ Europa League exit.
Lucas Ocampos headed in Ever Banega’s 88th-minute cross to earn Sevilla a 1-Zero win over the Premier League membership and e book their place within the semi-finals on Thursday.
But it surely might have been totally different if Jimenez, who had scored his final eight penalties in a Wolves shirt, transformed from 12 yards within the 13th minute.
Wanderers boss Nuno mentioned: “After all [nobody is blaming him]. After all not.
“Raul is an incredible participant, superb participant – all of the issues he does for the group: the work, the targets, the expertise that he has is superb. Raul is a improbable participant.
“We needed to defend as a result of it’s a good opponent with good possession of the ball.
“The possession of the ball was all the time in entrance of our traces. It actually didn’t trigger us many issues, so it required quite a lot of effort.
“We must always enhance after we recuperate the ball, have extra time on the ball. However the defending till the second of the set-piece was good.”
Jimenez’s penalty miss was made worse by ideas Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou strayed off his line to avoid wasting the strike.
On the incident, Nuno added: “I didn’t see the pictures, actually. I’ve been requested this earlier than.
“However like I all the time say VAR is there.
“If that occurs we must always ask ourselves why they didn’t repeat it. However there’s nothing we will do now. There’s nothing we will do about it.
“Talking about it now that solely could make us extra annoyed than we already are.”
The heartbreaking end result introduced an finish to Wolves’ 383-day, 59-game season.