Lopetegui insists ‘we are not safe yet’ as Wolves need to ‘achieve our top points’ to stay up

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Julen Lopetegui reacts against Leeds

Head coach Julen Lopetegui has warned Wolves against complacency as they look to retain their status in the Premier League.

Back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Brentford have left Wolves 13th and seven points clear of the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Wolves head to Leicester City on Saturday with the hosts second bottom, having lost eight of their last nine league matches, and Lopetegui knows what they must do to maintain the gap to the drop zone.

“We are not safe yet, we have to work very hard to achieve our top points,” he said.

“We have to put the focus in the work we have to do and not the work we have done.

“This is football and it demands a lot of focus. We have seven finals in front of us. The first is against Leicester, we know the kind of match we are going to find there and we have to be ready. We are in the middle of the battle and we have to continue.”

Ruben Neves and Jonny are available after bans as Wolves look for a third straight league win for the first time this season.

Sasa Kalajdzic (knee) is out while Diego Costa, who scored his first Wolves goal in the 2-0 win over Brentford, suffered a knee knock in the game and was being assessed this week.

Boubacar Traore has been regaining match fitness and could feature in the squad with Lopetegui urging his side to keep their momentum.

“There is no space to relax, we are fighting. You only achieve your aims when you’ve achieved them – not before, It’s very clear to me,” he told a press conference.

“We are fighting very hard to have this possibility and we have to go there with our strength and spirit knowing we respect them a lot.

“There are plenty of top players there, we know we are going to fight.”

Leicester boss Dean Smith added: “We can’t play with any fear.

“We’ve looked at the quality we have on the training ground, we haven’t brought that onto the pitch over the last eight or nine games.

“What I saw against Bournemouth (a 1-0 defeat) was a lethargy. We need to be free and play with confidence.

“We’re taking it one game at a time, we knew the Man City game was going to be a unique one, given the level they are at compared to pretty much everyone else.

“Everyone knows how important this fixture is, hopefully we get to see a lift from the players and we can start how we finished at Manchester City.

“You’re not going to be defined on that (game). The games which are coming up – we can only look at Wolves to start with. Our results at home haven’t been where they should be.”

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