West Ham United manager David Moyes believes it will be a "humongous" step forward if his side can even get close to qualifying for Europe.
The Hammers finished last season just five points above the relegation zone but head into tonight's game against bottom side Sheffield United firmly in the battle for the European places.
"If we can finish strongly great, but it will be very, very difficult with the teams challenging us and just below us," Moyes said.
"I think we are capable, I want to get West Ham involved with the big boys and if we are going to do that we have got to get into Europe.
"I don't know if we can do it this year or if we're ready, and it would be a humongous step we had taken if we even got close to that.
"It would be enormous, but if we are still in position when the games remaining comes down to single figures, let's see if we can focus on one game at a time and see what we can do."
Moyes knows from experience that European football would mean a packed fixture schedule, but hopes that will be a welcome headache he has to deal with.
"The games come thick and fast. Prior to the game against Manchester United we'd no days off for about the full month of January, so it's been an incredible run just because of games," said Moyes.
"In a strange way I hope in the future that's the way it's going to be and I'm going to talk about European games or something else because we've got game after game, and we'll have to get used to that I hope.
"The last month or two has been fruitful and it's shown we can cope with a game on a Saturday, Tuesday at this moment in time.
"The Europa League has always been difficult with the Thursday/Sunday situation for any club."