Leander Dendoncker has urged Wolves to “believe in their strength” as he targets another memorable run in the Europa League.

Belgium international Dendoncker, 24, was a member of Anderlecht’s side who reached the quarter-finals of the competition in 2016/17.

The midfielder scored against Manchester United before Anderlecht bowed out 3-2 on aggregate, who went on to lift the trophy.

He is now eyeing another run in the competition after Wolves were drawn in Group K alongside Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava.

Dendoncker helped book Nuno Espirito Santo’s side place with the winner in a 2-1 second leg win over Torino which secured a 5-3 victory on aggregate in the play-off round.

Dendoncker was on the scoresheet as Wolves beat Torino

It has thrilled Wolves’ fan-base in the club’s first European adventure since 1980.

Asked if Wolves now have the potential to emulate Anderlecht, Dendoncker, replied: “I think so, of course.

“We have to believe in our strength.

“First we have to get through the group stage which won’t be easy.

“We just have to be convinced of our own strength and take it game by game.

“Reaching the group stage is a great accomplishment for this club.

“I think we showed some good things and deserved to go to the group stage.

Dendoncker celebrates making it 2-1 to Wolves against Torino

“We just have to try to keep going the way we are playing, then we will see.”

Wolves’ progress in Europe has continued their unbeaten start despite a hectic campaign.

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They kicked off on July 25 against Northern Ireland side Crusaders and then got past Armenian side Pyunik Yerevan before dumping out Torino.

Dendoncker, who has eight international caps, has featured in every game and opened his account for the season against the Italians on Thursday night.

Dendoncker, who joined Wolves permanently this summer for £10.5million from Anderlecht after a successful loan, added: “It is not easy because we already had six games in this Europa campaign.

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“We don’t really have a lot of players. We don’t have a big group of players. So it is important to manage well and try and rest well.

“We don’t have a lot of time to recover.

“It is tough as these are tough games with a lot of intensity.

“But if you saw the two games against Torino I think we deserved it.

“If you can score three goals away and twice at home I think that is a good thing.”





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