Defender has sights set on Europe

Last updated : 06 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Stoke City defender Danny Collins has not ruled out the chances of the club playing European football next season.The Potters are eighth in the Premier League and would need a top seven finish if they were to have any chance of qualifying for the Europa League.

"We're in a little group trying to break away from the rest behind us.

"It is tight below us, staying up is our priority and with 27 points we're on target," the 30-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke.

He added: "We do have to look over our shoulder but we're also looking at the teams above us and concentrating on catching them.

The Potters have a break from the Premier League on Saturday when they entertain Cardiff in the FA Cup.

The competition is another route for teams to get into Europe as the winners automatically qualify for the Europa League.

However Collins acknowledged it will be a tough game against the side currently second in the Championship.

"Cardiff will not be pushovers, they have good players and are going well in the Championship. They have some good forwards with Michael Chopra, Jay Bothroyd and Craig Bellamy. We'll certainly have to be on top of our game if we are going to get through."

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport