Arrigo Sacchi has claimed that Italy only perform on the international stage when their backs are to the wall.
The Azzurri crashed out of their second successive World Cup at the group stage, finishing third in Group D in Brazil.
And the former national team boss has insisted that Cesare Prandelli got his balance wrong in South America.
“The national team only seems to pull itself together in extreme situations,” he told Marca.
“We have always been like this. Only when there is hatred around the team do we seem to pull our socks up and perform.
“Prandelli didn’t strike the right balance for me. We had possession, but in isolation it’s useless.”
The ex-Milan tactician then commented on Andrea Pirlo’s role and Spain’s elimination.
“Pirlo? He’s a great champion, but playing every three days at his age was always going to take its toll.
“I hope Spain continue on their own path. They would be foolish to get rid of Del Bosque – there’s no need to change anything.”