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Let's go for title prize after European heroics, pleads David Healy

 

Tunnel vision: David Healy is focused on the league
Tunnel vision: David Healy is focused on the league

By Graham Luney

David Healy will tell his Linfield players to forget about their Europa League heartbreak and return to the business of winning league titles.

The Blues resume their quest to defend the Gibson Cup with a tough test at Cliftonville and the champions are playing catch-up after focusing on that incredible European run which ended against Qarabag in the play-offs.

But Healy is determined there will be no European hangover at Windsor Park and he knows his players must be at the peak of their powers at Solitude.

"I've brought the players down to earth by saying that as good as we have been and as far as we progressed, we still ended up failing as we never reached the goals I had set," said the Linfield boss.

"It's important to come back down to earth and understand that you need to be ambitious, you need to want more. But it was still an incredible journey we went on and one which hopefully will stand us in good stead for the season. I had my team picked by Friday morning for the Cliftonville league game."

Premiership leaders Crusaders travel to Institute while another eye-catching scrap is Larne's trip to Glentoran.

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