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Brunt plays down Europa hopes

West Brom captain Chris Brunt admits he does not think they can secure a Europa League place for next season.

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Chris Brunt: Europa League now beyond West Brom

Chris Brunt: Europa League now beyond West Brom

Steve Clarke's side are in eighth place in the Premier League but with the FA Cup semi-final draw meaning only fifth position will guarantee a European berth, Brunt feels they have too much work to do to qualify.

"People have been talking about Europe but it's probably a step too far now, and for a club of our size it would probably be a bit of a stretch on resources," Brunt told the Express and Star.

"If it happened it would be great but it would be tough. We've got to finish better than we did last year.

"We've got to finish higher up the table and with more points. That would be a successful season for us.

"Every year I've been here we have improved. One season we were relegated but we probably even improved that season through being in the Premier League.

"We've just got to keep improving as a club. The squad is stronger and we've got better players.

"We just need to keep adding to that and doing what we're doing. It's a club going places at the moment."

Northern Ireland international Brunt believes they have enough quality to qualify for European competition in the future though.

"It is a target if we can hold onto the players we've got and build on it. Why not?" he added.

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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