Things aren’t so bad after all.
Turns out, despite the apocalyptic musings of Wolves Twitter, that Jimenez isn’t finished and Dendoncker can kick a ball.
And, while the need for reinforcements remains, results like this show that there is a method to Fosun’s (perceived) madness.
Cast your eye over the Spurs defence and you’ll see that, contrary to popular belief, money can’t buy you everything.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but their centre halves cost over £100m while their imperious old gold counterparts cost less than £10m.
Nelson Semedo cost significantly more than Matt Doherty, but nobody is doubting that he is a significant upgrade on the Irishman.
It’s a similar story in midfield, where Academy graduate Luke Cundle more than coped against January arrival Rodrigo Bentancur.
None of this is to say that our owners are infallible, of course. I just wish some people would cut them some slack.
Anyway, on to the matter at hand. We were excellent today weren’t we?
It’s showings like that which demonstrate just how astute a tactician Bruno is.
He completely outwitted Conte in the first half, with the extra man in midfield allowing us to get more bodies in and around the box.
It helped that Spurs were so porous in possession, but we were far more clinical here than we were on Thursday night.
There was more purpose to our attacking play, with Jimenez and Podence linking together superbly. I thought the latter was particularly good in the first half, regularly dropping into pockets of space that Spurs were unable to plug.
There was probably an element of good fortune to both goals, with the home side’s defending leaving a lot to be desired. But you’ve still got to take the chances when they come, and Jimenez and Dendoncker did that with aplomb.
The second half was a slightly different story, as was to be expected, but we looked pretty comfortable throughout, with Sa and in particular Kilman intervening when needed.
I’m running out of superlatives for our defensive man mountain at this point. He’s well on the way to becoming a Molineux great at this rate. Surely an England debut is around the corner?
It was good to see the bench looking in better health too. Hwang, Trincao and Silva are good options to call upon, and things are only going to get better with Neto seemingly on the verge of his long awaited comeback.
All in all, things are looking much rosier than they were three days ago. It’s a funny old game isn’t it?