"I always strive to win," he told the club's website. "I work hard to win but things have turned out in a way where we've come to the end of the season and we're fighting for other trophies instead of the title.
"The new coach [Thomas Tuchel] came in when we were in a tough position and he changed things here and there so things started to work in the way he set out. We're obviously far behind Manchester United and Manchester City but we're happy to be near the top and to have a chance of being in the Champions League next season.
"Now we have the derby against Arsenal, then it's the FA Cup final against Leicester, then another game against them in the league. It's like two Champions League games every week but I think our team is more than ready for these games."