Pre-season tours have you working and then eating at the oddest times – but our grilled chicken, avocado salad and mini magnums at 00:10 were the last of the trip so far!
And then it was back in the car and a return to Wolves’ training center for more action against Spanish opposition.
So far it’s been a battle of music in the car, Liam’s Arctic Monkeys Indie Rock style against my 90s pop Britney – but today there’s been a meeting of minds and Justin Bieber has finally provided a pleasing result for everyone involved.
LK: Considering this is my first pre-season tour, I now realize what Judah meant when he said the hours were crazy! However, it has been exceptionally rewarding, especially when you get a game like Levante’s. Bieber’s tunes were a bit understated for the action of the match, in hindsight.
So off to the game – in scorching 34 degree heat with hardly any shade for anyone.
And what a game it was – you’ve never, EVER seen anything like this!
Four expulsions, two from Wolves at Mosquera and Podence, five scuffles, a 42-minute half-time followed by a 43-minute half-time, 10 against 10, then 9 against 9 to finish with 11 against 11!
It’s definitely one of the most bizarre football games I’ve ever seen as a journalist – and it’s in PRE-SEASON.
I would love to be a fly on the wall at the post-game team meeting later this afternoon.
It certainly made the analysis video very spicy and with the whole world being able to watch for free on the Wolves YouTube channel, everyone got to see the Battle of Benidorm for themselves.
LK: What a game. We thought 4-0 against Alaves and a wonderful goal from Max Kilman was exciting, but that was on another level. Levante’s tactic kicked in and Wolves fought back resulting in a bizarre game in which we were very lucky not to see a serious injury. It was worth it as I roasted in the sun.
A short detour to the apartment after dropping off one of our fellow journalists (you owe us a few Alex Dicken beers), a quick trip to the trendiest supermarket in the world and a smoked salmon, avocado, poached egg brunch later, we were prepared to continue working throughout the afternoon until early evening.
A second podcast of the week had always been planned, but with the amount of material over the previous 12 hours, it wasn’t hard to write a loose script.
Ep 255 – The Royal Rumble of Benidorm!
– Demolition of Alaves
– New shape
– Development of partnerships
– Segway tours
– 9vs9 battle royale
– Meat and Vegetable Portal
Operating time – 52 minutes
— Nathan Judah (@NathanJudah) July 21, 2022
We finished around 7pm which was a welcome relief after the night before.
I’ve been sitting with my highlighters researching fantasy football as I have a live four hour Fantasy Premier League draft on Saturday morning that I have to prepare for – sad I know!
So much has happened in the past few days, it’s crazy to think we only have a few days left.
I’m already starting to miss the place, but there’s still plenty of action on the way.
Tomorrow we sit down with £20.5m man Nathan Collins before returning to coverage of the clash with Besiktas on Saturday – hopefully with a few cards less!
LK: It’s amazing to think that the trip is almost over, but just like the London buses, the trip to Portugal is just around the corner. I’m really looking forward to speaking to Collins as it’s always fascinating to talk about a new signing and what they can offer – you can expect to see plenty of content in Saturday’s paper and online. The game with Besiktas should also be entertaining, and it will be good to see a full-strength Wolves side click their fluid attacking football again.