The Beneamata have made some big squad changes this summer after the side failed to qualify for the Champions League.
"This is a very young team, with a lot of new players and they're still finding their feet," the oil baron said. "Obviously there are high hopes for this group of players, but these things can happen.
"Our potential - both in terms of individuals and the team as whole - is still very real, it's just a case of gradually translating that into good performances, one game at a time.
"That's not something which is easy to do immediately."