Daniel Farke says his Norwich City side aren’t keen to rest on their Sky Bet Championship lead and are only set on trying to win all their remaining eight games.
City are currently top of the league standings with a four point cushion over second-placed Sheffield United, with Leeds United a point further back in third.
But Farke doesn’t want him team to try and defend their advantage. He wants his players to be “greedy” as they try and clinch promotion to the Premier League.
“It's important that we aren't too self-confident after the season so far,” he said at his pre-Middlesbrough press conference.
“It's important to be greedy. We are top of the table and we can be proud but it's not like we want to defend anything. We will go into the last eight games wanting to win all of them.
“We trained pretty focused over the past few days. Lots of competition and the spirit is pretty good.
“30 points out of our last 11 games is amazing. It's a sign of how good we work. We have a top fitness level, a good playing philosophy and everyone buys into it. We have energy and a good balance between old and young players.”
Looking ahead to Boro, Farke believes it’s probably not the best time to come up against Tony Pulis’ men, considering they’ve lost three games on the bounce.
“It's always difficult to score against them,” he admitted. “They are so structured and well-organised. We have to be effective in using our chances. They are dangerous out of set-pieces.
“I'm not surprised with their form. I know how tough the Championship is. They will have calmed the nerves and are still in a really good position. We have to be at our best level tomorrow.
“On paper, it's the toughest game left. When you have an experienced coach and group of players, they will be more focused and concentrated, and I expect them to be there with one of their best performances of the season.”