Wolves call more Portuguese players in their basic line-up than Porto and Sporting Lisbon together for the last 32 games of the Europa League
- Wolves played Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio, Daniel Podence and Ruben Vinagre
- Porto just had Sérgio Oliveira against Bayer Leverkusen in Portugal
- Sporting Lisbon had Luís Maximiano and Tiago Ilori in Istanbul Basaksehir
Wolves named more Portuguese players in their basic line-up than Porto and Sporting Lisbon together for their Europa League final-32 clashes on Thursday.
Nuno Espírito Santo played compatriots Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio, Daniel Podence and Ruben Vinagre against Espanyol.
Porto just had Sérgio Oliveira starting with the Estádio do Dragão in their game against Bayer Leverkusen, while Sporting Lisbon showed Luís Maximiano and Tiago Ilori against Istanbul Basaksehir.
Rui Patricio (left) and Joao Moutinho (right) were two of the Portuguese stars in the Wolves team
Daniel Podence (left) and Ruben Vinagre (right) were the other two to start against Espanyol
It meant that the Portuguese clubs started a total of three players from the Iberian country, while Wolves rolled out four.
The Black Country club added two more with substitutes – Bruno Jordão and Pedro Neto – while Porto had three and Sporting had two more on their couch.
Pepe, who was born in Brazil but plays for Portugal, joined Wilson Manafá and Diogo Costa on the sidelines in Porto.
Porto let Sérgio Oliveira start with Estádio do Dragão in the match against Bayer Leverkusen
Sporting Lisbon showed Tiago Ilori (left) and Luís Maximiano against Istanbul Basaksehir
And Pedro Mendes was in the dugout for Sporting Lisbon in Istanbul with keeper Diogo Sousa.
PORTUGUESE STARS IN EUROPE ACTION
- Joao Moutinho
- Rui Patricio
- Daniel Podence
- Ruben Vinagre
- Bruno Jordão
- Pedro Neto
- Sérgio Oliveira
- Wilson Manafá
- Diogo Costa
- Luís Maximiano
- Tiago Ilori
- Pedro Mendes
- Diogo Sousa
It comes after another Portuguese star from Wolves called for calm before their collision in Barcelona.
Ruben Neves rejected the talk about his party in the Champions League after they defeated Espanyol 4-0 at Molineux last week.
Winning the Europa League would give them a Champions League spot, while the fifth in the Premier League could also see a place at the top table of club football if the Manchester City appeal against their European ban fails.
Wolves are eighth in the top flight, two points in fifth, but Neves refused to challenge the elite.
He said: “We cannot talk about it right now. It is a very good time, but we have our feet on the ground.
“We know what we are capable of, but we must concentrate on our competitions to keep up with our pace.
“It’s not fair to think about it now. Our philosophy is always game-by-game. After we watch the Premier League. It’s not the time to talk about the Champions League. “
Neves scored a spectacular 25-yard volley in last week’s win at Molineux, which contributed to the hat trick of Diogo Jota, but both were equipped for Thursday night’s game.
Midfielder Ruben Neves said that Wolves concentrated on the final 32 second leg against Espanyol