It took him way longer than normal to show up at the Press conference after Italy’s goalless draw against Sweden and their elimination from the World Cup finals, but he had a good reason.
I’m sorry for being late, but every player I had the privilege of working with, I wanted to salute individually
Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura told reporters, before talking about the game and the result, the Squadra Azzurra’s biggest failure in 60 years.
It’s a very heavy result to bear, because I was absolutely convinced – and tonight’s game confirmed it – that we had this ferocious desire to overcome the obstacle. I have been in football for many years and know what it’s like
the 70-year-old said. Does he have any regrets?
My biggest fault was that until the first leg in Sweden, we were exactly on track with what we expected. The fault is that we went out effectively without conceding a goal, as it was a deflection. I’ve been in football for many years, so I can accept that dissonance. I apologise for the result, yes, but not for the effort and hard work. I do realise that the result is the most important thing
Ventura said. As for his future(…) as Italy coach, he denied that he had already resigned, saying
I have not resigned, because I haven’t spoken to the president yet. I have to evaluate an infinity of issues. We will meet with the Federation and discuss it. We will speak the way we always have done. There is a rapport with Tavecchio and the entire Federation.