Azzurri failed to get the results they needed in the World Cup qualifiers and went to the playoffs.
Former Italian CT Roberto Donadoni believes thatAzzurri
suffered a mental and physical decline after winning Euro 2020 and expressed hope that they will not play againstPortugal
in the playoffs.
The Euro 2020 champions failed to top their group in the World Cup qualifiers and advanced to the play-offs and placed lower thanSwitzerland
. However, they managed to defeat Switzerland 3-0 during the Euro. Now Donadoni has claimed that Italy has suffered a mental breakdown and this has prevented them from advancing directly to the World Cup.
He told La Repubblica:
“Italy suffered a physical and mental decline, but no defeatism.
I don’t conceive excesses.
“In football, it’s increasingly difficult to find balance. The most obvious defect of Italy was the lack of competitive aggression. But I exclude it was due to lack of motivation, if anything I noticed a physical condition lower than the usual.
“The play-off is no catastrophe. I refuse to think that we must avoid Portugal: it’s a sign of weakness.”
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