Cesare Prandelli noted it was “fitting” the second defeat of his Italy reign should be against Giovanni Trapattoni.
Up until now, Prandelli had lost just once, the debut friendly against the Ivory Coast, and conceded a grand total of four goals.
“If we had to lose to anyone, it's fitting that it was him,” said the Coach after a 2-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland.
“We lacked intensity and depth, then we tried to get back into the game with the wrong approach.
“These are important games and should give us something to reflect on.
“It wasn't so much a problem of character as movement, because off the ball we were static and found it difficult to get the ball without being marked.
“When we did push up, we did it at the wrong time and could not find fluency.
“There are many positive things, but we must also know how to evaluate this match.”
Meanwhile, the Faroe Islands beat Estonia 2-0 in Euro 2012 qualifying Group C.
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