"We won in Valencia last year with Jose. People will say we don't need him, but the quality we have is the same quality we had last year, two years ago, three years ago.
"The man we all respected is gone and now there is someone else here. But the players are the same so I don't see why the quality should go."
He added: "The win in Valencia was the kind of game that can help us to come back strong and show people that we are not dead."
"It's been difficult for everyone in the last two weeks and I'm just happy for everyone because winning in Valencia is such a big step," he said.