Wolves boss Bruno Lage still aiming for European qualification

Bruno Lage gives instructions to Pedro Neto (Getty)

Yesterday’s 1-0 loss to Burnley was a blow to Wolves in their aspirations of a top-seven finish – as their form continues to decline after losing six of their last nine games.

Wolves face Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in their last five games and are one game clear of West Ham and Manchester United – while being three and five points behind respectively – in the race for a European spot.

But Lage has dismissed the idea that the fixture list is hampering their chance of returning to Europe as he insists they will keep fighting until the end of the season.

“At the end of the day, every game is going to be tough,” he said.

“Burnley were fighting to continue in the Premier League and the other teams were fighting to win the league. Chelsea will fight for third place.

“Every game is a challenge. Manchester United and West Ham lose but nothing matters if we play well but don’t do our job and win the game.

“I am not unhappy with the work of the players, we have worked hard since day one. Since mid-December, the team has given us another dynamic.

“When you look at the board, with the way we play and create chances, if we score more goals and the way opponents drop points, we should be in a different position.

“We want to be here because it’s good to play in the Premier League, but ultimately the challenge is to put Wolves back in European football.”

A defensive error handed Burnley victory at Turf Moor as Wolves failed miserably to get back into the game.

And the head coach believes those fine margins have dominated Wolves’ season.

“It’s not just mistakes, it’s a chance, a goal,” he added.

“When you look at our results, that’s pretty much it. 1-0 for us, 1-0 for the opponent. 0-0. 2-1.

“It means consistency, but we don’t score. We dominated Newcastle with the ball and they scored in the same period, around the 60th minute, and it was 1-0. Still here.

“That’s the thing we need to improve. The only thing I can promise the fans, and again we had great support from the first minute, is that I will work hard until the end of the season to improve my players and my team and try to reach the position that gives us the chance to play European football next season.

Wolves will be hoping for an increase in injuries for their run-in in the Premier League as Ruben Neves battles for fitness.

The star midfielder is due to return to team training this week, ahead of schedule in his recovery from a medial collateral ligament injury in his knee. His return could be crucial for Wolves’ European hopes.


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