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Wolves Manager Nuno Espirito Santo Gives Emotional Speech About His Side Playing Despite Coronavirus Fears

Wolves Manager Nuno Espirito Santo Gives Emotional Speech About His Side Playing Despite Coronavirus Fears

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo have an emotional speech ahead of tonight's Europa League clash with Olympiacos stating the game going ahead was 'absurd'.

Wolves have traveled to Greece for their round of 16 clash, despite coronavirus fears throughout football.

Nuno spoke to BT Sport before kick-off and it's clear to see how he feels about the current situation.

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When asked if his side would play with a heavy heart, he replied:

"Of course it will be with a heavy heart because of what's happening in the world.

"You play a game of football and you realise what's happening worldwide with all these people hurting and dying, now we have to play a game of football?

"It's absurd."

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The Portuguese boss had been vocal about the game being cancelled earlier in the week.

The game is being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak and explained he would feel more comfortable if the game was postponed.

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"I understand the decision to play behind closed doors but what is the point of football? It doesn't make sense to play behind closed doors," he told Sky Sports.

"This is more than football. This is a social situation. Everybody is worried. Something has to be done. Closed doors in stadiums is not a solution. It's not normal.

"We are pretending to lead a normal life when things are not normal. Is there another solution for it? Why not stop?"

Olympiacos' chairman Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest, confirmed on Tuesday that he has contracted coronavirus.

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"Mr Marinakis was diagnosed after showing the first symptoms on his return to Greece," Forest confirmed in a statement.

"During his stay in Nottingham he did not show any symptoms of the virus.

"The club are seeking advice from medical professionals and the relevant governing bodies to ensure the correct measures are taken."

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The game is currently 0-0 at half-time but the hosts are down to ten men after a Ruben Semedo red card.

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Topics: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Football, Europa League, Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.