Ancelotti demands total control to take over wounded Italy

Ancelotti demands total control to take over wounded Italy

On the 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden, who won the opening leg and held Italy goalless in Milan, Mancini said: "I thought the Nazionale was very unlucky, especially in the second leg when they wasted a lot of chances, but football is a very odd sport".

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura was sacked yesterday as he paid the nearly inevitable price for their failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

With the whole country - and much of world football - still in shock in over Italy's absence from next year's finals, Ventura, who was under contract until 2020, defended his record, saying he lost only two games in two years.

"I think that now it is very hard because in this moment it is not simple".

"They need to take the best option for Italy".

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"My feeling is the same as any Italian person", he said.

'I was born after 1958, the last time our team failed to qualify for the World Cup, so I didn't know what it meant to not be there. After 60 years and you miss the World Cup. According to various sources Ventura can get from Federation of football of Italy from 700 to 1.3 million euros.

"Football is at the top of the interest of every single person, but I think you have to try together to find the right solution because every department in Italy has to take the responsibility".

In this case, I think it is my failure, your failure [in the media], the failure of Italy and I think that this moment is very sad for us. But it has happened and now for sure the federation has to find the right solution to improve this situation'.

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