Pulis dismisses talk of Europe

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has dismissed suggestions that his side could challenge for a European spot after a solid start to the new campaign.

The Potters stand in ninth place ahead of the weekend action, but Pulis insists that survival is again the main focus until his team gain 40 points in the top-flight.

He told The Sentinel:"Because Portsmouth had a bad start, people expected Stoke to just turn up and roll them over. That's the complacency that can cause problems.

"That's second-season scenario. It's a weakness clubs can drop into and it's a banana skin waiting for you.

"As soon as we get to 40 points we'll look at it, but at the moment any talk about Europe is absolutely ridiculous.

"It's a tough, tough league and we've only had one season here.

"You can't stop expectation and people wanting more and more, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and keep battling to make players understand where we are."

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