Stoke midfielder Rory Delap has dismissed talk of the club claiming a spot in Europe this season.
Tony Pulis' side have made an impressive start to their Premier League campaign, rocketing up to seventh spot following Saturday's 1-0 victory against Blackburn.
However, long-throw specialist Delap believes the Potters are only aiming to beat the drop before striving to improve on last season's 11th-placed finish.
The 34-year-old said: "We won't be carried away with that at all. Survival is the main thing, although we want to progress and finish higher than we did last year.
"If we can do that then the season has to be seen as successful."
City's last appearance in Europe came in 1974 and Delap feels Stoke can eye a Europa League spot in a few years, when the club become more established in the top flight.
"People outside the club can carry on talking about Europe, but it is not going to make any difference to us," he added. "No one is talking about it around here.
"It is something the club will hopefully be aiming for in a few years if we keep progressing."
City now face a tough sequence of games at Bolton, at home to Manchester United and at Everton and Sunderland.
And Delap has been delighted with the way Pulis has adapted the side as they look to progress this season.
He said: "People go on about us being a long-ball team and relying on set-pieces.
"Well, we had to do a job to get in the league and stay in the league, but now we are looking to progress.
"Having players such as Matt Etherington, Jermaine Pennant, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Kenwyne Jones and Ricardo Fuller shows the way we are looking to go.
"But it won't be an immediate change, it has to be slow. The first thing we are concentrating on is staying in the league."