Rafael van der Vaart has stressed his belief that Hamburg's players were to blame for their 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday.
The 29-year-old has dismissed claims that the loss to the Bundesliga leaders was because of tactical errors made by coach Thorsten Fink.
"We players are to blame [for the loss], not the tactical approach of the coach. [Bayern] Munich simply were better than us. I was content with the system that the coach came up with," the former Tottenham man was quoted as saying by Bild.
Fink also took the time to comment on the matter and agreed with the assessment of his new signing, while lamenting defensive errors.
"We did not fall behind because of the tactics. The opposite is the case. The [tactical] measures [we took] worked," the 45-year-old stated.
"It was our plan to demoralise the opponent. Before half-time, we did not allow many chances. Conceding the first goal was not due to tactics.
"Before the first goal, we did not defend well. We have a set-piece. Forty-five seconds after, the ball finds our own net. That is disappointing."
Hamburg currently sit ninth in the Bundesliga and are preparing to travel to Freiburg for their next fixture on November 10.