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Diouf insists Blackburn can qualify for Europe

El Hadji Diouf insists Blackburn Rovers can qualify for Europe this season.

Diouf knows their relegation fears are still far from banished, currently sitting just eight points clear of the relegation zone, but believes eighth placed Birmingham are now also in their sights.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "If we continue like that we are going to stay in the Premier League, but why not go to the UEFA Cup next season?

"The gaffer has told us every day we have the team to play hard football, to go forward well and to believe in ourselves and to believe we can make the UEFA Cup.

"It is definitely a realistic aim. If we show the same ambition and desire like today and Aston Villa we will go the UEFA Cup next season. We are not too far from the top sides. We just need to believe in ourselves and we need the fans to continue to support us.

"We know that is not easy sometimes but we just say support us to the fans, we need them. The big point was the desire we showed against Aston Villa in the semi-final.

"After that game we knew we had a good team because it is not easy to go there to play and play like that."

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