Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has set his sights on some of the top clubs in Europe after his side cruised past FC Thun at the Britannia Stadium on Thursday night.

Holding a one goal advantage from the first leg in Switzerland, defender Matthew Upson, Kenwyne Jones (2) and Glenn Whelan helped the Potters to a 4-1 home victory and 5-1 aggregate scoreline.

Pulis was delighted with his side's performance post-match, and will be waiting with baited breath for the draw in Monaco later today. Place in Pot 3, the Barclays Premier League side could face the likes of Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon or PSG in the group stages.

"It would be absolutely fantastic if we got two big clubs in the draw. We would all relish the chance to bring some big clubs to the Britannia Stadium and it would reward the fans for the way they've helped us," the boss told Stoke's official website.

"They've played a big part in getting us where we are now, they've enjoyed this European adventure so far and they deserve the chance now to experience what it would be like to have big European nights here in the next stage.

"This place will be rocking if we play some big clubs and I know the players who have embraced this new challenge are looking forward to that chance. This is all something very new, very fresh and we're enjoying every minute of it."


 

Trinidadian striker Jones is confident the side can enjoy further successes in Europe after the comprehensive victory extended Stoke's unbeaten start to the current campaign.

The two-goal hero goes as far as to state last season's efforts can be bettered, although Jones was eager to remind his teammates that the main focus should remain domestic.

"It's fantastic to be where we are right now, and to qualify for the Group Stages is a good achievement for the Football Club, but it's only a start and we can't afford to sit back and applaud ourselves," Jones told Stoke City Player.

"There is a lot of hard work in front of us now. European football is totally different to the Premier League, so the big thing for us now is to learn how to balance the two competitions, because games will come at us thick and fast.

"We know our priority is still the Premier League, none of us will hide from that fact, but whilst we are in the Europa League we have the belief that we can go on and do very well in it, especially after what we've achieved so far."

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