Gigi Buffon was in floods of tears, as Italy “did the most we could and it was almost enough” against Germany at Euro 2016.
“We did the most that we could do and it was almost enough, which means that when you are a team with values, organisation, tactics, then nothing becomes impossible,” the sobbing captain told Rai Sport.
“Conte complimented us, as he was proud of training a group of players and of men like us, who to the very end gave their last drop of sweat. We gave our soul to follow this dream.
“We each have our reasons to cry. We gave so much and came so close. It’s crazy to think that Germany failed to convert three penalties and it still wasn’t enough.
“I can’t say we’ve had worse. This defeat was incredibly shocking to us. We go forward, as there are other duties and other responsibilities.
“The problem two years ago was we went out with so many regrets, the feeling we made mistakes and didn’t do all we could.
“Tonight we really did try and it wasn’t enough. We have to take this home.”