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Tottenham must "feel the blood" of their opponents in order to improve, says Antonio Conte.
Spurs played out a thrilling, full-blooded 2-2 draw with London rivals Chelsea on Sunday, with the visitors twice coming from behind at Stamford Bridge.
Harry Kane's stoppage-time equaliser was overshadowed by a touchline fracas at full time, with both Conte and his Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel sent off.
Conte and Tuchel had both previously been booked, and the Spurs boss seemed to have taken issue with how Tuchel shook his hand after the final whistle.
While hopeful he will be allowed to take to the touchline for Tottenham's meeting with Wolves on Saturday, Conte has no regrets about the fierce nature of his side's display against his old club Chelsea.
Indeed, the former Inter coach wants to see more of it.
"Nasty? It's a step that I continue to ask to my players," Conte said in a news conference.
"We did a little step forward, but we need to compete this because to be nasty is very important. You have to feel the blood of your opponents. You need to win."
Wolves, meanwhile, could hand a debut to club-record signing Matheus Nunes, who arrived in a £38 million (€45m) deal from Sporting CP this week.
"I'm very excited. For me, I could play tomorrow already, but I can't because the game is Saturday, but I'm looking forward to it," Nunes told Wolves' official website.
"I think the club itself (convinced me) and also I spoke to some of my team-mates because I play with them for the national team.
"The coach as well, he really wanted me, and I wanted to play in the Premier League. I think it's the right next step for me, and I'm very happy to be here."
Tottenham - Harry Kane
Harry Kane has scored 184 goals for Tottenham in the Premier League. His next strike will see him become the outright top scorer for a single club in the competition's history (currently level with Sergio Aguero at Manchester City).
Wolves - Pedro Neto
Pedro Neto was a huge miss for Wolves last season as he recovered from a serious injury, but the winger will now be pushed by the arrival of Goncalo Guedes from Valencia. Perhaps he needs that competition, given he created only one chance and failed to have a shot in Wolves' 0-0 draw with Fulham last time out.
·Tottenham have lost four of their last seven home league games against Wolves (W2 D1), as many as they had in their first 38 home league meetings with them (W27 D7).
·Wolves are winless in their last nine Premier League games (D3 L6), their longest streak without a top-flight victory since a run of 17 between February 2012 and August 2018.
·Since Wolves were promoted back to the Premier League in 2018, at no side have they won more away league games than they have against Tottenham (three). Indeed, four of their five Premier League victories against Spurs overall have come in London.
·Tottenham have conceded first in both of their Premier League games this season, coming back to beat Southampton and draw with Chelsea. The last time they conceded first but avoided defeat in three consecutive Premier League games was in October 2010, beating Aston Villa and Fulham before drawing with Everton.
·Tottenham's Son Heung-min has scored more Premier League goals in 2022 than any other player (15). However, the Korean has faced Wolves without ever scoring more often than any other opponent in the competition (seven).
Updated August 19, 2022