Everton defender Sylvain Distin admits qualifying for the Europa League can be a poisoned chalice.
The defender is desperate for the club to return to European action next term, although the prospect of its toll on the Blues Premier League progress is a cause for concern.
Distin told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s mixed feelings because you can’t say no to playing in Europe. As a player it’s impossible to not want that.
“But it’s completely different from the Champions League in terms of finances for the club. It’s a lot of travel and you need a big squad.
“Yes it would be amazing for the club and for the fans to be travelling back in Europe again.
“But for the team, if we’re not going to have a much bigger squad next season, it could be tough.
“If you look at the big picture, as I say it’s important you’ve got to ensure that being in the Europa League doesn’t make you suffer back in the league.
“When you play every Thursday and come back on the Friday before playing again on the Sunday it is hard.”
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