The prevailing theme for Gian Piero Ventura’s run as Italy coach was that the 69-year-old journeyman supervisor was in far over his head.
Having by no means coached a serious membership earlier than taking up the nationwide staff final 12 months, Ventura coated himself in shame on Monday when four-time champion Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup for the primary time in six many years.
Ventura was extensively criticized for poor tactical selections earlier than and after Sweden’s 1-Zero combination win over the Azzurri.
After the scoreless draw within the second leg in Milan, it was a foregone conclusion he will probably be fired based on a contract stipulation in case of a failed qualification — except he resigns.
“I’m not resigning because I haven’t spoken with the (federation) president,” Ventura mentioned. “We want to guage issues. We’ll see. I am going to discuss with the federation and confront the issue.
“I really feel I’ve to apologize to Italians for the consequence.”
Ventura’s anticipated ouster will are available in sharp distinction to his predecessor, Antonio Conte.
Conte was lauded for getting essentially the most out of Italy earlier than the Azzurri misplaced on penalties to Germany within the quarterfinals of final 12 months’s European Championship.
When Conte departed for Chelsea after Euro 2016, Ventura was given the crowning job on a profession that had seen him coach the likes of Pisa, Bari, and Torino.
“I have been in soccer a few years so I understand how to just accept it,” Ventura said of the failed qualification. “I am honored to have been part of the nationwide staff and to have labored with nice champions and with others that I hope will develop into nice.
“I’m upset because tonight I understood the significance of coaching the national team.”
Ventura’s attachment to 2 forwards he coached at Torino, Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti, and his refusal to strive a three-striker formation, led him to repeatedly go away Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne on the bench.
Considered Italy’s most proficient participant of the second, Insigne was inexplicably requested to come back on for Marco Verratti in a central midfield place late within the opening leg towards Sweden.
Likewise, winger Stephan El Shaarawy was given little enjoying time regardless of a present of stable type at Roma that included a brace towards Conte’s Chelsea within the Champions League.
“We showed few ideas and not much in the way of tactics,” mentioned veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who retired from the nationwide staff after the playoff.
Italy was utterly outclbaded in a Three-Zero loss to Spain in September that just about sealed its destiny of getting into the playoffs. In 5 consecutive matches, Italy scored three targets towards Israel, Macedonia, Albania and Sweden.
“Sport teaches that you win and lose as a team,” retiring captain Gianluigi Buffon mentioned. “The coach shares in our mistakes.”
Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired by Bayern Munich in September, is being talked about as a doable substitute for Ventura.
Ancelotti, who coached Juventus and AC Milan earlier than going overseas to win titles with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern, has the big-club resume that Ventura lacked. But it stays to be seen if he’ll be keen to educate the nationwide staff, or if he nonetheless prefers the day by day actions of a membership.
Other choices embody putting in a caretaker and luring again Conte, who has expressed homesickness at Chelsea, or maybe Juventus coach Mbadimiliano Allegri or Zenit St. Petersburg’s Roberto Mancini as soon as the membership season ends.
Meanwhile, the standing of Italian soccer federation president Carlo Tavecchio was additionally in query.
Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago, who oversees all sports activities within the nation, intimated just lately that Tavecchio ought to resign if Italy fails to qualify.
There is a precedent since Giancarlo Abete, the earlier federation president, and coach Cesare Prandelli every resigned instantly after Italy was eradicated within the first spherical of the 2014 World Cup.
Whoever takes over must rebuild a squad that does not function a single standout participant.
There is youth, although.
Belotti is simply 23, Insigne is 26 and Immobile is 27.
At 27, the long-excluded Mario Balotelli may nonetheless have loads to contribute if he ever matures sufficient.
At 25, Marco Verratti nonetheless hasn’t put in a stable efficiency for Italy as he makes an attempt to interchange the retired Andrea Pirlo in midfield.
In protection, the veteran “BBC” trio of Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci — who’ve a mixed age of 99 — is destined to be damaged up with Barzagli retiring from the nationwide staff. Younger defenders on the horizon embody Daniele Rugani, Alessio Romagnoli and Mattia Caldara.
In aim, 18-year-old AC Milan starter Gianluigi Donnarumma is about to interchange Buffon.
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