He is focused on more European glory tonight, which is remarkable in itself when the physical demands that have been placed on his players are added to the burden of criticism he has had to carry.
"You have to analyse from the beginning," he said.
"You have to analyse the age of our players, the new players, the transition period we have had, the short squad at times and all the competitions.
"After tomorrow we will have played 68 games. For the last six months we have been playing two games a week at least.
"Imagine any team in the world doing that and progressing to semi-finals of two competitions and final of one.
"It doesn't matter what a lot of people say, we feel we have done a good job. Hopefully we can do even better."