Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has refused to place any blame on striker Raul Jimenez for missing a spot-kick in the first half of his side’s quarterfinal tie against Sevilla in the Europa League.
Jimenez’s 11th-minute penalty miss cost Wolves dearly as they were dumped out of the competition by Sevilla’s 88th-minute winner.
The Wolves boss said: “Of course we don’t blame Raul. He’s an amazing player and when you look at all the things he has done for us – the work, the goals, and all his talent. He’s just a fantastic player.
“Everybody is disappointed but we shouldn’t ignore everything that we have done over the last 14 months of this competition.”
There were talks of infringement during the taking of the penalty with replays showing that Sevilla keeper Yassine Bounou was off his line and defender Diego Carlos had also encroached into the box.
When asked about this, Nuno added: “I didn’t see it. I’ve been asked but all I can say is VAR is there and if it happened then we should ask why it wasn’t re-taken.
“But there’s nothing we can do about it. Speaking about that is only going to make us more frustrated than we already are.”
He added: “It hurts but now it’s my job to look at things and try to make them better. We need players that can make us stronger.”