Manchester City star Elano believes the side can challenge for a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.
The Brazilian is confident the team and himself will improve next term to challenge for a place in Europe.
After a bright start to last season City faded away in the second half of the campaign to finish in ninth spot.
The poor end to the campaign looks set to cost Sven-Goran Eriksson his job at Eastlands with owner Thaksin Shinawatra set to wield the axe.
Despite the upheaval surrounding Eriksson's future, Elano is optimistic City can improve on last season's showing.
"We haven't achieved some of our objectives during the season, but I think we can improve next year and fight for a Uefa Cup place again, or even a Champions League spot," Elano told the Manchester Evening News.
"I think it's been a productive season for me. I've scored goals and got to know the English football style.
"It was a good first season and I'm sure I will improve here."
RumoursElano admits the speculation surrounding Eriksson's future has been the talk of the dressing room among the players, but the South American does not want to get involved in the furore.
"There are lots of rumours, and obviously the players are aware of that, so we talk about it," added Elano.
"I've enjoyed working with Sven-Goran Eriksson and his staff, but I don't want to get involved. It's the club's decision."