"I don't think we are far away [from being a title-winning side]," he said. "The Premier League is tough. If you lose a couple of games you're out of the race. You could see Manchester United were very consistent and even Manchester City couldn't keep winning games the same way and United won the League two months before the end.
"But we're good enough to be consistent. We need to learn from what we did badly, it's a young squad and hopefully the experience of this year can help people for next time.
"We must be happy with the way we ended the season. It wasn't the way we wanted to do it when we started but during the season you have to adjust the targets and objectives.
"In the past couple of months we worked really hard to secure third place and win the Europa League. We have done both so we must be happy."