Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini admits he's been "too optimistic" after their 1-1 draw with Cesena.
Inter had gone into the game with Mancini talking up a top three finish.
"I think all players want to do better, but unfortunately this team is improving slowly and alternating good performances with negative ones. We can only work and it might take more time to improve.
"Perhaps it is my fault, I am an optimist by nature and thought we could achieve something more in less time. It's bad for our fans, as they suffer, but we are suffering too.
"I am always optimistic and see my players working as hard as possible, so this is a very disappointing draw. Cesena did very well and deserved to get a point out of it."