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You won’t believe what Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura said after World Cup exit

The Azzurri have failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years

By the time you’re reading this, Gian Piero Ventura could well be out of a job. 

The Italy coach is seemingly destined for the chop after the Azzurri failed to beat Sweden in the play-offs for the World Cup earlier this week.

Disaster

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Disaster

The 69-year-old is almost certain to leave his post over the next few days, with a host of big names linked with the job already – including Carlo Ancelotti.


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Ventura took over as Italy coach in July 2016 – replacing Antonio Conte after Euro 2016 – and oversaw just 17 matches as manager – winning 10, drawing four and losing three.

But despite his short but not-so-sweet tenure, Ventura insists he achieved some of the team’s ‘best results’ over the last 40 years.

No, really. 

He said what?

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He said what?

Speaking to Le Iene, Ventura said: “Without Italy it will be an ugly World Cup, but unfortunately it is gone. What can I do?

“I apologised to the Italians for the result.

“I still had some of the best results of the last 40 years. I lost just two games.”


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Ventura faced criticism throughout his spell as manager, with the squad reportedly wanting him out in September after the 3-0 qualifying defeat to Spain – a side Italy eliminated at Euro 2016 under Conte.

Italy were humbled by group rivals Spain

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Italy were humbled by group rivals Spain

The team’s lack of faith in the manager was evident during the second-leg of the game against Sweden on Monday, when veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi was involved in a heated exchange with the coaching staff on the bench.

De Rossi criticised the coach’s tactics

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De Rossi criticised the coach’s tactics

The midfielder, a well-renowned hard-man, was clearly incensed when the coach asked him to get ready to come off the bench ahead of in-form striker Lorenzo Insigne.

De Rossi reportedly said: “Why the hell should I go on? We don’t need to draw here, we need to win!”

Time for a change, Italy.