"There are no guarantees in football. The best team does not always win, but when you look at that photo, you realise how much better this squad is.
"It is even better than the one that reached the Champions League Final last season. The spine of the team has been strengthened and we also have young players of real quality challenging for places. We still need a bit more to be real contenders for the Premier League, but we are progressing and are so much better than before."