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Genoa manager hasn’t spoken to his wife since Italy’s defeat to Sweden

Davide Ballardini says his Swedish wife has been giving him grief since that 1-0 loss

Turn your phone off? Head to the pub? Delete all social media?

What is the most appropriate response to your beloved national team losing to your other half’s country?

Genoa manager or hitman?

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Genoa manager or hitman?

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Well, Genoa manager Davide Ballardini has taken some pretty drastic action since Italy lost 1-0 to Sweden in their World Cup play-off first leg on Friday.

The Serie A manager told the Italian press that he has not spoken to his Swedish wife since the Azzuri were defeated.

Italy need a win in the return leg at the San Siro tonight to secure a World Cup spot otherwise it will be the first tournament without the Italians since 1958.


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Unrest in the Italian camp after that defeat in Stockholm

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Unrest in the Italian camp after that defeat in Stockholm

Ballardini explained that the tension between the married couple has led to him sending her to Coventry for the last few days.

He told La Repubblica: “I haven’t talked to my wife since Friday. For days, she’s been telling me ‘you’re scared, huh?'”

Sometimes the flak you get from mates supporting rival teams is too much, but having to sleep in the same bed as your chief protagonist? No thanks.

He also hinted that his wife had enjoyed watching the Italians squirm as the chance to play in the World Cup hangs in the balance.

Jakob Johansson ecstatically celebrates his only goal

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Jakob Johansson ecstatically celebrates his only goal

“The Swedes have enjoyed putting us in these conditions at this early stage, seeing us suffer, but we hope that’s all they’ll be happy about,” Ballardini chided.

“If Sweden have beaten France, Netherlands and Italy it’s because they’re an honest, committed and humble team, who find the strength to come out from within, even though they also have some quality players like [Emil] Forsberg.”

Italy haven’t ever lost at the San Siro, where tonight’s game is being played, with 31 wins from 42 games but they need goals tonight.

Let’s hope for the sake of Ballardini’s marriage they can pull something out of the bag tonight.