Fabricio Coloccini admits Newcastle United’s attentions have switched from the Europa League to the Champions League, following six consecutive victories.
The Magpies assumed pole position in the race for fourth spot in the Premier League, and took control of their own destiny, with a 3-0 win at home to Stoke City, on Saturday.
Four wins in the final few weeks would see Newcastle complete an incredible campaign, with a return to Europe’s premier competition, though Chelsea could scupper those dreams should they lift the Champions League title.
Coloccini believes Newcastle’s resurgence over the past couple of years is down to a team effort, and the defender wants a strong finish to the season.Voice your opinions on Newcastle's future fixtures, with Premier League betting predictions.
"Our objective was the Europa League, but now we have a dream, so why not fight for this?" he said.
"We have arrived here in this position as a team. Papiss (Cisse), Demba (Ba), Yohan (Cabaye) - whoever scores, it's good for the team. That's the most important thing: the team."
Newcastle will have to do it the hard way, if they are to secure a top-four finish. They face trips to Wigan Athletic, Chelsea, and Everton, either side of a home clash against title-chasing, Manchester City.
Coloccini insisted that Newcastle are taking things one game at a time, and they they are enjoying every minute of their recent run. The Magpies' success in the league has no doubt resulted in a number of big payouts for fans placing football bets on the team's matches.
"We can't think too far ahead. Instead, we just try to play the game and keep going like this, and then, when we finish the season, we can see how we did", he added.
"We're very happy because we're doing well. We're playing well now, so now is the time to enjoy this."
The fixture list has not been kind to the Magpies, but in this kind of form, there is no reason why Newcastle cannot book a Champions League place.