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Gian Piero Ventura has denied resigning from Italy’s managerial position after a Zero-Zero draw in opposition to Sweden on Monday noticed his facet fail to qualify for the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
A 1-Zero win within the first leg meant Sweden received the fixture on mixture, and it was broadly reported—together with by Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol who tweeted after the consequence that Ventura was now not in cost.
However, the experiences had been untimely as Ventura said in his press convention (h/t Football Italia) that he was nonetheless on the helm, for the second.
“I’ve not resigned, as a result of I haven’t spoken to the president but,” Ventura said. “I’m sorry for being late, however each participant I had the privilege of working with, I needed to salute individually.”
While the Swedes will characteristic of their first World Cup since 2006, Italy—who received the match that yr—might be absent for the primary time since 1958.
The Guardian‘s Serie A specialist Fabrizio Romano gave a damning evaluation of the tactician and his time in cost:
It seems Ventura is on borrowed time, and his feedback about being proud to have led the Azzurri appeared to counsel his departure is inevitable.
Italy had been within the World Cup UEFA play-offs after ending second to 2010 world champions Spain of their Group, however a limp effort throughout each legs of their conflict with Sweden has left the staff in disarray.
Romano additionally offered footage of an emotional Gianluigi Buffon welling up as he spoke to reporters after the loss, and the long-standing nationwide staff goalkeeper stated:
Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano
Buffon to @SkySport: “I’m sorry for Italian youngsters who dream of the National staff. But I feel additionally Chiellini, Barzagli and De Rossi will go away the National staff. And they deserve the most effective: thanks, guys. By your Gigi”. ???
Should he step down, Ventura would go away the Azzurri having received 9 of his 16 matches in command of the staff, and aggressive defeats to Spain and Sweden have in the end had a telling influence on the facet’s fortunes.
Despite the shock of Italy’s failure to make it to the World Cup, beIN Sports broadcaster Matteo Bonetti argued Monday’s occasions should not be that a lot of a shock:
Matteo Bonetti @TheCalcioGuy
Ventura put his personal private bias in direction of Insigne forward of the success of a nation. Everything about this qualifying course of for Italy was underwhelming. Are we actually stunned?
Ventura is a journeyman of the Italian league system and has managed Serie A outfits reminiscent of Napoli, Torino, Udinese and Sampdoria up to now, though a Serie C1 title win with Lecce in 1996 stays his biggest success.