Lopetegui ready for ‘a lot of finals’ in relegation fight; injured Wolves star makes ‘big improvement’

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Lopetegui on Wolves

Julen Lopetegui thinks Wolves’ work in the January transfer market has given them a great chance to avoid relegation down to the Championship.

The Premier League strugglers come up against Liverpool this weekend after Lopetegui was given the chance to shape his squad during the winter window.

Joao Gomes, Craig Dawson, Dan Bentley, Mario Lemina, Pablo Sarabia and Matheus Cunha all arrived last month with Wolves out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

“When I arrived we had 23 finals and it’s still the same. We have a lot of finals and we have to think step by step, match to match,” said Lopetegui.

“I don’t know another way to work to achieve your aims. It’s going to be a long race until the end. We have to be ready to arrive. That’s why we need to have a strong mentality.

“The club has made good work, tried to help the team and balance the team. The most important thing is not the window, it’s about trying to improve, believe in ourselves and to be ready to achieve our aims. The new signings are here to help but it’s not only about them.

“It’s about the rest of the players, they are working very hard to improve every day.

“We have to write the next (piece of) history on Saturday. We have to be ready to compete against a very good team and fantastic players and to be able to overcome this type of team.”

Pedro Neto is closing in on a return from an ankle injury but is not ready to feature while Sasa Kalajdzic (knee) and Boubacar Traore (groin) remain out.

Lopetegui added: “Pedro is improving a lot, he’s not ready for tomorrow but in the last week he has made a big improvement and it’s a good thing for us. He’s been out for four months and he’s going to be ready to improve in the next few weeks.”

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