Wednesday February 12 2014
Mazzarri wants 'direct' Thohir talks

Walter Mazzarri admits he’d prefer to “talk directly every day” with Inter President Erick Thohir.

The Coach spoke with Radio Capital today and discussed some of the problems the Nerazzurri are experiencing.

“I have an excellent rapport with the President. If I had the chance to talk to him directly every day it would be better, but this is just extra motivation for me,” he assured.

“We understand each other and there is reciprocal respect. That gives me the strength to continue my work.

“Inter had started on the right foot, then certain things happened which took us to this moment. We’re not doing what we wanted to, aside from Sunday’s victory over Sassuolo.”

Mazzarri has been criticised for not giving more playing time to youngsters like Ishak Belfodil – who left on loan to Livorno – Mateo Kovacic and Mauro Icardi.

“It’s true I didn’t choose them, as they were already in the squad when I arrived. Everyone knows that, but that’s not a problem. I have to make the most of the squad I’ve got.

“In a club like this, people must understand young players are coming from very different environments with a different level of pressure. It all depends on what you expect. Are they young players who have already achieved something or are they unaccustomed to certain situations?”

Inter have not received a single penalty this season and the tactician has been highly critical of referees, but wouldn’t take the bait when asked about it.

“We’re unlucky.”

Mazzarri’s former club Napoli are playing Roma tonight in the Coppa Italia semi-final, so is he cheering on his old side?

“I will watch it as a Coach only. I had an intense rapport with Napoli, as I said when I left, so I’m happy if they are doing well.”

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