Nuno Espirito Santo believes Wolves’ League position does not mean a thing as they battle to stay in contention for the Europa League against Manchester United tonight.
Wolves will qualify for the competition – and a first time in Europe since 1980 – if they finish seventh and/or they or Manchester City win the FA Cup.
Leicester are now on the same points as seventh-placed Wolves, with the gap to West Ham in 11th place now cut to two points.
Nuno’s side play Watford in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday at Wembley. But all his focus is on ensuring performances are the best they can be.
“The table doesn’t mean anything. Many people are trying to say that we have objectives in different competitions, European competition, now the gap,” said the head coach.
“It doesn’t mean anything. What we’re trying to do is build a team. The football goes beyond the results, and goes beyond what you’re trying to build.
“It’s about creating situations that can be helpful to us in the future. Now we have the advantage, because we worked well, to really take this chance to improve ourselves.
“But without the concern of the result. This aspect is very good for us, that we can really push on with the things we want to do.
“All we care about is the performance, the tasks, without worrying about how the game is going to finish, because that can distract you.”
Wolves host United tonight on the back of some impressive home form since the turn of the year with six wins and a draw since the turn of the year.
Nuno stressed the importance of the fans and their backing.
“It has a lot to do with the atmosphere and the home factor is a big point of the competition,” he said.
“To perform well at home is important for us, so we will try again tonight.
“There will be no doubt about our pack supporting us and always being behind the team. That is always important and it’s a tremendous joy when things go well.”
Raul Jimenez, Wolves’ 15-goal top scorer, is set to return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Burnley.
Nuno believes Wolves can cope without him however.
“He’s an important player, but all the players are important in the squad,” he insisted.
“When he’s not on the pitch, we have other solutions and other options. Let’s see.
“Everybody in the squad is available. All the players are ready.”