"First of all, I believe we were only just short last year, we only lost three [Premier League] games," he said. "We have kept the basis of the team and the frustration we got from not winning in the end will come out for the good. We need to show strength and resolve, but we have that.
"We've lost Gilberto, who was very experienced and important in the dressing-room, and we've lost Hleb, who we've replaced with Nasri, but we have many young players who are one year older and have learned. We made a big improvement from two years ago to last year and we want to continue. If we get into the same position again [in March], then I believe we will show the needed resilience."