"I feel we had to rebuild the team after last season, and that we had a stuttering start. There were 14 games in the championship, with five defeats, however, since we have played 21 games with zero defeats. That means the team is developing well and has gone forwards.
"We have managed also to go to the semi-finals of the Champions League and of the FA Cup, at the same time we did not lose one game in the Premier League. The facts show the team has gone hugely forward.
"Of course, we do not forget that we are here to win things. For me, the two main trophies are the Premier League and the Champions League, which we did not win - but we are on the right way and did as well as we could.
"The only thing I know on my side with my staff is we worked extremely hard - harder than ever this year. At the end of the day, we tried very hard to get the best out of the team.
"If it is not good enough, it is not good enough, we can accept that - but trust me, there was no fault of commitment on our side."