“All the talk of a Scudetto was not from us, but the media,” insisted Mazzarri. “We are second and are doing well.
“In fact, being in the top five is already a very positive result. We need to see the glass half-full and not think of tearing everything down. I am still optimistic.
“Similarly, we have to look at our Europa League elimination differently. We wanted to take part in that tournament without dropping Serie A points and in that sense we achieved our aims.
“It’s only normal that slowing down like this is disappointing, but we must break through and get kick-started.”