Italy beat Holland 1-0 in the Under-21 European semi-final, but manager Cor Pot insisted “we were the much better team.”
The Dutch dominated the first half and rattled the woodwork with a free kick, but Fabio Borini got the late winner to set up a Final against Spain.
“When you lose a game you’re always unlucky. But we didn’t deserve it today because we were the much better team,” Pot told uefa.com.
“It’s very sad for the boys because they were fighting and they played fantastic football in parts of the game. We just had to be sharper in front of goal – that was the only point I had a little problem with.
“It was a good game and we were the much better team. Only one team deserved to win and that was us.
“We had problems in the second half but we still dominated. Even though we did not dominate as much as we did in the first half, we were still much the better team.
“Italy defended and looked for counter-attacks, which can be dangerous. We played our way and Italy played to try and press us, but they were unsuccessful and went back to their old style.
“It’s very hard to take when you are the better team. I spoke to the players after the game and I congratulated on the football they played and their mentality, but it’s not always the team who deserves to win that does win.”