London: Leicester City must be ambitious to challenge for a place in next season’s Europa League and build on their recent run of solid performances in the Premier League, midfielder Vicente Iborra has said.
With seven matches remaining, Claude Puel’s Leicester are eighth in the Premier League table and three points behind seventh-placed Burnley.
Seventh spot could be enough for a place in Europe’s second tier competition if the winners of the FA Cup have already qualified for Europe.
“It will be very important, for the club and for us of course,” the 30-year-old Spaniard told the Leicester Mercury.
“In the last period of the season we have to be ambitious but with our feet on the floor and with humility.” Iborra, who was part of the Sevilla squad, which won the Europa League for three consecutive season between 2014 and 2016, wants Leicester to seize the opportunity.
“If we arrive in seventh it will be good for us, but we have some very difficult games against some very strong teams,” he added.
“Now we have to work to improve and win a lot of games.”
After injury delayed his start to his career at the King Power Stadium, Iborra established himself in the Leicester midfield under manager Claude Puel.
“I feel settled into English football now,” Iborra said.
“I was injured at the start of the season. but now I can play a lot of times and I work for this. Everything I do is to help me play and help me improve my football.
Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal have generated some much-needed momentum for their Europa League tie against CSKA Moscow after victory over Stoke took the Gunners’ winning streak to four games.
England midfielder Wilshere captained Arsenal to a fourth successive win in all competitions that set Arsene Wenger’s men up for their crunch first-leg clash against CSKA in London on Thursday.
“We needed that 90 minutes out of the way,” he added. “We needed to get the three points, move on and keep the momentum going. We’ve won a few in a row and wanted to keep that going. Now we’ve got a big one on Thursday and we’re ready for that.”
With the Gunners 13 points off the top-four Premier League finish that would see them into the Champions League, the only realistic way they can return to Europe’s elite club competition is by winning the second-string Europa League.
Europa League fixtures
Tonight (all matches 11.05pm)
RB Leipzig v Marseille
Arsenal v CSKA Moskva
Atletico Madrid v Sporting
Lazio v Salzburg