It’s an apocalypse that Italy didn’t qualify for this year’s World Cup. The incident sent a shockwave throughout the football world. This is the first time since 1958 that the four-time champions Italy couldn’t make it to the World Cup. This time losing to Sweden was worse than losing to North Korea in 1966. Here are the reasons, according to the experts, why Italy didn’t qualify for this year’s World Cup.
Lack of a long-term plan
The senior official of the team didn’t have a long-term plan. They were only keen to fulfill the clubs’ demands. They took a number of wrong decisions. They didn’t have a good relationship with the senior players of the team like Andrea Barzagli, Daniele De Rossi, and others.
Selection of the wrong coach
Selecting Ventura as the coach was a wrong decision. He has been a minor player among all other coaches in Italy. He was stubborn about the old tactics. He used Lorenzo Insigne sparingly and chose Jorginho instead for the last playoff.
Not considering young talent
There were plenty of new talents that were not utilized properly. Ventura didn’t choose young talents. All the players in the team were over 25 and most of them were over 30 years old. There were lots of young talents like Leonardo Spinazzola, Mattia Caldara, and others. They were not utilized.
It was clear how inexperienced Ventura was. He couldn’t find the right tactics or select the right team. Many of his decisions regarding players were wrong. All these factors led to the terrible loss of Italy to Sweden and thus getting disqualified for the World Cup.