Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been raving about West Ham United and David Moyes ahead of Monday night’s clash.
West Ham know a win at Molineux will elevate them into fourth place after Chelsea’s shock 5-2 defeat to West Brom.
And their hopes of Champions League football will be alive and kicking with just eight games remaining.
West Ham are one of the success stories of the season under Moyes and are enjoying what promises to be their best campaign for 35 years.
West Ham and Wolves having contrasting seasons
While West Ham have everything to play for during the run-in, Wolves are quite the opposite.
They are in no real danger of being embroiled in the relegation battle and are too far adrift of the European spots.
One of the highlights of West Ham’s superb campaign was a 4-0 win over Wolves earlier this season.
And ahead of Monday night’s match, Wolves boss Nuno admitted West Ham were simply ‘Much better than us’ as he raved about the Hammers and the job Moyes has done (Wolves website).
Nuno raves about Moyes and West Ham
“They’ve been able to compete much better (this season),” Nuno told the press (Wolves website).
“They have a very good squad. They’ve introduced some good players that gave West Ham, as a team, more physicality, at the same time, fantastic work from David Moyes.
“Inside the Premier League, all the managers are putting their own idea in the teams. That’s what I can see.
“West Ham, clearly they are playing good, they are consistent, they are solid, so we expect a very tough match.
‘They were much better than us… it’s a new challenge’
“We’re going to face a very tough opponent, a very good team.
“They were much better than us.
“We were not so strong defensively and didn’t play a very good game.
“That game was a long, long time ago, it’s not the reference for us approaching the game on Monday, because it’s a new team, West Ham are different, we are different, so it’s a new challenge.”
With Jesse Lingard and Said Benrahma on board and the threat of Craig Dawson from set pieces Nuno is right, West Ham are a different proposition.
You would think that will not bode well for the hosts given West Ham beat them so comfortably without them in the reverse fixture.
West Ham must take their chance after Chelsea’s slip.