"As a man of sport, when you lose then something has inevitably gone wrong. Talking about absentees is unfair to those who played the 90 minutes.
"It is true we are dealing with a remarkable series of long-term injuries, but we have earned our place in the Champions League and will try to make the most of it."
He added: "This team may not be perfect, but it has extraordinary courage. A few incidents did not go our way, such as a few offside decisions, and in tricky matches like this those moments can make the difference."