Saturday June 22 2019
Locatelli: 'Only ourselves to blame'

Manuel Locatelli confessed Italy “shouldn’t have put ourselves in this situation,” as they must wait and hope other results go their way.

The Azzurrini beat Spain and Belgium 3-1, but the 1-0 defeat to Poland ruined everything.

With Spain, Italy and Poland all on six points, the group was decided by goal difference in their head-to-head matches, putting the Spaniards on top.

The only hope the Nazionale have now is to be the best runners-up out of the three groups, but the odds are frankly slim.

“We didn’t do our duty, because we shouldn’t have put ourselves in this situation,” Sassuolo midfielder Locatelli told Rai Sport.

“The fact is we had the chances to qualify as group winners, we won the first game with Spain and should’ve done better. We only have ourselves to blame.”

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