Despite three English Premier League victories in a row, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is keeping his feet firmly placed on the ground.
Padrew is not getting ahead of himself despite Newcastle moving up to eighth on the table, only two points adrift of fourth spot in the Premiership.
Newcastle’s recent form has sparked debate over the Champions League, but Padrew feels if his side are able to reach the highest stages of European football, squad size and quality is vitally important.
“I've been asked about the Champions League, but we're far from that and if we got there it would be unbelievable,’ said Padrew.
“But we have got a very good side who are progressing up the table, and if that question gets asked to me again in April I will answer it, hopefully positively.
“The nature of the league has helped us stay in contention with the bigger clubs, but this is where their advantage comes into play in terms of their squad size.
“But our squad is stronger this year and if we can keep the momentum going and the group fairly fit and well, hopefully we can stay in touch.
“Last season the Europa League campaign was decimating for us and when I was moaning about it a lot of fans probably thought I was making excuses, but it had such an impact.
“This year we haven't got that pressure and on Tuesday we probably had the best day's training we've had here in terms of numbers.
“I could have picked two teams, but this time last year I struggled to select a side that was capable of representing the team. Heading into December we're in great shape.”
New Castle are next in action on Saturday against West Brom.