Alessandro ‘Spillo’ Altobelli explained what went horribly wrong as Italy lost 3-0 to Spain in their World Cup qualifier. “Decisions were wrong.”
The Azzurri tried to use their 4-2-4 formation at the Bernabeu, but were swept aside by an Isco brace and Alvaro Morata.
“Spain were superior in every respect on the night,” 1982 World Cup winner Altobelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Italy were basically sparring partners and struggled from the start, so Spain were able to give a football lesson.
“Choosing a 4-2-4 system was the wrong decision. Giampiero Ventura started out considering 4-3-3, then changed his mind and became convinced he couldn’t leave out Lorenzo Insigne and Antonio Candreva, but they cannot operate on 60-70 metres of turf and therefore didn’t help out.
“In the middle of the park, we had only two players: Daniele De Rossi and Marco Verratti. Nobody presses and Verratti was steamrollered by an exceptional Isco.
“Spain go anywhere they want and if you give the ball away, they start all over again. We were the ones who should’ve been pressing them high up the pitch.”