Although we advanced into the next round, we were underwhelming on the day. After an error in the midfield by Dani Ceballos, we had to endure some nerves for the rest of the game.
“I am pleased because we are through and last year we went out by them,” said the boss.
“If I have to evaluate the performance with what we’ve done today with the ball in particular, then it’s nowhere near the standards we have set for ourselves.
“We made it really difficult because we didn’t have any stability when you give the amount of balls away that we have in the game.
“When that happens, you don’t have the control to manage the tie in the way that we should have done and that’s related to the amount of chances we missed again.
He added: “We have to manage to play every three days, we have to manage to play the ties, we have to manage to play when we are in front or behind.
“It’s football and I don’t want any of those excuses. I’ll say it again, it’s not anywhere near the level we want when we’re on the ball.”
The boss was asked if the performance will be questioned regardless of the safe passage to the next round, he said:
“It does matter because it’s not [just] about the result, it’s about the performance and the direction that we want to take, and as well the confidence and the level of consistency that we have to show to have a great performance and do it again. For me, it does matter, but obviously, I’m really happy that we are through.”
Our first leg win ensured that we qualified for the next round 3g2 on aggregate, but it was a poor performance on the day.