'No time to look at table - we just have to win games'

Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca applauds the fans
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Leicester boss Enzo Maresca says his side's Championship promotion rivals will push them "until the end".

The Foxes go into Friday's trip to Bristol City second on goal difference behind Leeds, having played a game fewer than the Whites.

"Before, we were playing to win games and we continue that," Maresca said. "We have one game in hand. At the moment, the goal difference is for Leeds. Because of the amount of games in a short period, you don’t have time to look at the table. You just have to win games.

“I’ve been involved in football for 25 years - the mentality is not to win the league with 10 or 15 points more than second. I respect Leeds, I respect Southampton, I respect Ipswich.

"I know that until the end, they are going to be there with us. What they [players] have done is something incredible. Winning 19 of 23 in the first half of the season is something not normal.

"In Leeds' last 12 games they have won 11 and drawn one. Fantastic. They deserve to be where they are now. With us."

Since their last match, Leicester have been charged by the Premier League with alleged breaches of financial rules, but Maresca says it is his job to make sure any possible points deduction, if they are promoted, does not affect his players.

"It is also my duty to try to convince them of that [not to waste energy]," he added.

"Probably some of them didn’t even know about it. I have said many times, the noise is outside, not inside.

"Even thinking about when we lost games, there were many noises about that. But inside there is no noise. These things are normal, so the noise is outside."