"Ιt was a transitional period. Now, it may seem easy but it was not. We had many problems as players joined the preparation late, some of them did not even have the right to play in the European matches. We had the "Lucas" case. We faced many problems but I'm satisfied. I think we got stronger from all this. I'm proud of my players. I want to congratulate them for the qualification for the Europa League group stage as it is important for the city and the fans to participate in Europe" the 38-year-old Croatian said.
For the Europa League draw: "We were not lucky. Dortmund is one of the favourites for the first place. Krasnodar was third last year in Russia and Qabala eliminated Panathinaikos. We could have a better draw. We have our chances though".