Julen Lopetegui gets Wolves up for Everton clash
Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui has challenged his team to finish well in front of a home crowd at Molineux against Everton on Saturday. Lopetegui has steered the club to Premier League safety with three games to spare after they won four home games in a row without conceding. And the Wolves boss has called on his side to keep their run going in their final home game of the season. Lopetegui told a pre-match press conference: "In this part of the season, fortunately we achieved our first aim, our most important aim and a very difficult aim, that is to be out of the relegation battle three matches from the end of the season. "Of course, we want more, and we have to take the game on Saturday looking at the challenge and a chance for us to finish the season well in front of our fans. "We want to be able to compete until the rest of the season for the respect of the league and for the rest of the teams. If we were still fighting to get out of the relegation, we would want the same from other teams, so it's the same demand for ourselves." Although Wolves are out of the relegation battle, Saturday's visitors Everton are still firmly in the mix, sat 17th in the table. The Toffees gave their chances of survival a boost with a dominant 5-1 victory against Brighton before losing 3-0 to Manchester City at the weekend.
And Lopetegui will not allow Wolves to take things easy this weekend. He said: "We have worked with good commitment this week, thinking of course Saturday is the last match in front of our fans so of course it's important for us. "In the same way we know we have one very good opponent with very good players, a good coach. "They have had one very clear way in the last two or three months and they showed they have very good players and are a very good team. "They are fighting, of course, to survive in the Premier League, they have shown the level in the last match against Brighton. "So we know the kind of match we're going to have to compete with them because, of course, we are professional, we are fighting and we know that other teams are fighting for different aims in the Premier League and we have to do our best."
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