Gian Piero Ventura did not even have the braveness to face the cameras. As soon as Italy‘s World Cup catastrophe turned actuality, he fled.
It was as much as Gianluigi Buffon – the best goalkeeper of his technology and the person that represented the whole lot good concerning the Azzurri – to combat via tears and handle a crestfallen nation. He had his personal private grief to digest, this being his 175th and ultimate look for the nationwide workforce, whereas Ventura scurried away.
The 69-year-old did not even have the decency to resign after Monday’s Zero-Zero draw with Sweden denied Italy a spot within the 2018 World Cup. That is the least he may’ve finished, as a result of he is the rationale Italy is not going to Russia.
Again and again, Ventura willingly put Italy able to fail. He forbade a few of his nation’s most proficient gamers from taking the pitch and handicapped those on it with a conservative formation.
The sorry sight of Lorenzo Insigne sitting alone on a cooler along with his arms clasped collectively – the one participant able to unlocking a staunch defence like Sweden’s on his personal – will outline Ventura’s legacy. Daniele De Rossi pleaded with an assistant to get the Napoli winger onto the pitch. An entire nation campaigned for it. Insigne’s no Roberto Baggio, however he is a number one man for one in every of Europe’s most spectacular sides and a constructive participant who can break the traces. But he wasn’t thought-about an choice off the bench, not to mention as a starter.
Ventura endured with a defensive Three-5-2 schematic in Milan regardless of the clear want for objectives. He began ahead Manolo Gabbiadini, who had performed for under 28 minutes via qualifying, and maintained religion in Antonio Candreva regardless of proof within the first leg of his ineffectiveness.
What we noticed Monday was a aspect with no sport plan, the product of a supervisor’s complacency. Regardless that they did not crack Sweden within the opening 90 minutes, Ventura tasked Candreva and Matteo Darmian with the identical hopeless directions. They despatched balls into the field hoping one of many two centre-forwards would convert. Lots of Candreva’s makes an attempt have been blocked. It was painfully predictable.
The build-up play was so gradual and dreary that Sweden was afforded each alternative to compose itself and get males again into place. The Scandinavians defended properly, however on the identical time, Italy’s overwhelming possession by no means was something harmful.
These have been all issues within the 1-Zero first-leg defeat. Ventura did nothing to forestall his workforce from making the identical errors.
Think about what Italy would have finished had Jorginho performed all through Ventura’s tenure. The main passer in Europe’s top-five leagues, the Brazil-born midfielder threaded neat via balls and reduce Sweden down the center. These have been uncommon moments of ingenuity. And it took a suspension to Marco Verratti for Ventura to offer Jorginho his full aggressive debut.
The previous Torino coach by no means ought to’ve made it to the play-off spherical anyway. The choice to subject a two-man midfield towards Spain months in the past was suicide. It was clear then and there he had neither the tactical self-discipline nor the notice to assist Italy succeed.
The saddest a part of this debacle is that the following technology should now wait 4 extra years to contribute. As a result of the expertise is there. Together with Insigne, there’s Daniele Rugani and Mattia Caldara, two of Juventus‘ future centre-backs; Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli, and Andrea Conti, AC Milan‘s kids; and Federico Bernardeschi, Alessandro Florenzi, Andrea Belotti can all construct on their present worldwide careers.
There is no extra time to waste. Ventura should step apart. Carlo Tavecchio – the person who granted Ventura a contract extension – should cede his place as president of the Italian soccer federation. And not too long ago retired greats like Paolo Maldini and Demetrio Albertini should be invited to interchange all of the previous males who’ve misplaced contact with the sport.