HAMBURG – Walter Mazzarri shared his thoughts with Inter Channel shortly after his team's 1-1 draw with Hamburg.
"Honestly I thought we'd find it a bit tougher than we did today, but we played well. It's shame we conceded the way we did after the break - I think that was the only clear-cut chance we let them have. Strangely enough we seemed to give more away in the first half. We were the better side in the second period but, as happens often in football, we let one in.
"I looked at the result for a moment but that's of relative importance at the moment. The main thing is the way the team performed and they did well. We broke forward well and it was hard because our opponents were closing us down very high up the pitch in the opening 45 minutes. I'm pleased with the improvement we showed.
"Hamburg were a tough team to play against because their wide players cut inside a lot and all four of them were coming forward, so it wasn't easy to keep tabs on all of them. Our defenders did a great job. We also made the odd slip-up of course and that's something we'll work on but if we keep on this path I'll be happy because I can see the progress we're making on a daily basis.
"The drinks break midway through both halves? If I had a say in the matter, I'd introduce it in every game. As coaches we have to wait until half-time if things aren't working. It would be useful to have more breaks, especially when you want your team to take on a specific shape – in cases like that it would be an advantage to be able to talk to the lads. I'd vote to bring in a change like that."