Eleven years. That’s how long Italy’s unbeaten run in World Cup and Euro qualifiers lasted, a streak that was meant to come to an end at Santiago Bernabeu last night, with the Azzurri losing 3-0 to a far superior Spain.
In general, there was a difference in fitness levels and quality. We gifted them some situations and helped them out. We went 2-0 down with the first two shots on target, even though we had the best chances from open play and David de Gea made key saves
Italy coach Giampiero Ventura told Rai Sport.
Right now we are human and Spain are less human
the Italian coach added, admitting that the way Spain played, it was hard to expect something better for his team.
We are carrying on a project and one game cannot change that. The basic problem is what we are and what we want to become. This was an experience, we’ll analyze what we can learn from it and how we can develop. If one match hits our self-confidence, it means we are not competitive, so I cannot believe that
Ventura also said. Italy are hosting Israel on Tuesday, knowing already that most-most probably they will need to go through the precarious playoff procedure to earn a ticket to the World Cup finals.