"And I have not needed to contact the owners because they cannot help with the preparation for this match. I prefer not to say anything else."
His mood was remarkably serene considering the embarrassment of how the owners put the block on the Barry deal, and he said: "I was really calm last week, and I am concentrating on the game. We did not have big problems.
"I have not been distracted, I have been focusing on this game and getting to the Champions League group stages."