Krul eyes Europa League glory with Newcastle

The Magpies keeper is keen to end the club's long wait for silverware and has identified the European competition as one that his side are more than capable of winning
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is eyeing up Europa League glory, with his side already having reached the next stage of the competition.

The Magpies, whose encounter with Bordeaux on Thursday will decide who tops Group D, have not won a domestic title for 57 years since beating Manchester City in the final of the 1955 FA Cup.

Yet, despite the club's long wait for silverware, the 24-year-old believes that the Europa League title could be the one to end the drought and that reaching the latter stages of the tournament with a game to spare is an achievement in itself.

"We've already achieved one thing, which is qualifying for the Europa League," Krul told reporters.

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"We wanted to stay in that, we're in the last 32 and it's a great competition to be in. We're the first English team to do it [this season].

"Is it important to get the top spot? Yes and no. I think I've heard Jose Mourinho say that every time he's won the Champions League he's finished second in the group.

"Great teams are dropping down from the Champions League but I've also seen a lot of good teams in the Europa League already. I'm not really phased whether it's top of the group or second."