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Gian Piero Ventura's men will not feature in the World Cup in Russia next summer just as it was 60 years ago when Italy found themselves in a similar spot.Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will not get the happy goodbye he so badly wanted and the Azzurri will watch football's most illustrious event with the rest of the world from the sidelines. SBOBET It is a prospect that's hard to get your head around. There's so much to criticise and analyse, yet the reasons as to why one of the most successful teams the world has ever seen will not be on the world's biggest stage remain unanswered. Beyond the unquestionable leadership of Buffon, Italy have not progressed since the retirements of midfielder Andreas Pirlo and striker Alessandro Del Piero. No player, not even key instigator Marco Verratti, could change Italy's destiny and prevent SBOBET coach Ventura falling to an 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden. Five of the players he decided to field were aged 30 or above, a starting line-up that included Buffon at 39, Leonardo Bonucci (30), Giorgio Chiellini (33), Antonio Candreva (30), and Marco Parolo (32). The most worrying sign for Italy is that their youngest player to actually feature was 25-year-old Manolo Gabbiadini, highlighting the fact that no new SBOBET talent appears to be emerging from their ranks and what is coming through wasn't trusted by the coach. Italy seem to hold no plans for the future. It was seen during the qualifying phase and again in Monday's play-off, Ventura's men do not know what style it is their coach wants them to play let alone how. There was no decisive game plan and in the end it was made very easy for Sweden.
The fans and governing body will now look into who is responsible for the downfall and whether Ventura's controversial decisions played a part. His choice to leave out Daniele De Rossi and Lorenzo Insigne from the starting XI will be held as evidence, most likely against him. The Italian exhausted his substitutes but did not remember two of his most creative players in a game that needed spark and someone who could make something happen.Although Serie A seems to be experiencing a resurgence with Juventus performing well in Europe in recent years, it can hardly act as a form of respite for the national team's dismal results. Italian football has sunk into a decade long crisis where the failure of qualifying for a World Cup acts as the pinnacle of a spiraling slump.In that time, only a parenthesis marked by Antonio Conte's characterful and tactically savvy team at Euro 2016 has offered any sense of hope. However it was a sense of optimism which was short lived, only for the biggest disappointment of them all to arrive in its place.
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