“We’ve won seven games out of eight and have both the best defence and attack. But what counts the most is our desire to take the game to our opponents and the commitment of the lads who give everything throughout the week.

“Today we were missing important players like Buffon and Vucinic and we managed to cover their absences with our good organisation.

“We knew about their threat on the counter and we managed to shackle them for almost the entire game. Credit to the lads and the entire backroom staff. Now we’ll focus our sights on the Champions League.”