Giorgio Chiellini confirmed his Italy retirement, complimented Sweden on their World Cup qualification and called this exit “Zero Hour” for the Azzurri.
Manolo Gabbiadini said Italy’s World Cup exit was “an ugly thing that nobody wanted to see” after losing 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden.
Daniele De Rossi announced his international retirement after Italy failed to reach the World Cup, but also confirmed he urged staff to play Lorenzo Insigne.
Andrea Barzagli marked “the biggest disappointment of my life,” as well as the “end of an era” for Gigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Giorgio Chiellini.
Daniele De Rossi was spotted protesting Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura’s decisions, urging him to throw Lorenzo Insigne on against Sweden.
Italy captain Gigi Buffon was in tears after the 0-0 draw with Sweden. “It’s a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for a World Cup.”
Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, as they were held 0-0 by Sweden at San Siro, losing the play-off 1-0 on aggregate.
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match comments from Italy’s decisive World Cup play-off with Sweden at San Siro.
Paolo Maldini admits he has “been tense for a week” ahead of the play-off against Sweden. “I can’t imagine a World Cup without Italy.”
Giampiero Ventura explained some of his Italy decisions for the World Cup play-off against Sweden. “The system is important, but not decisive.”
Jorginho gets his first competitive start for Italy with Manolo Gabbiadini and Alessandro Florenzi for the World Cup play-off against Sweden.
Giancarlo Antognoni feels “Italy are gambling with World Cup qualification, but also their reputation” against Sweden.
Ciccio Graziani “cannot understand” Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura’s picks against Sweden. “Just put every player in their own position.”
Italy are expected to start Jorginho, Alessandro Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiadini in the decisive World Cup play-off against Sweden.
Eusebio Di Francesco hopes Italy will replicate the 1982 World Cup experience tonight against Sweden. “When nobody believes in the Nazionale…”
Paolo Maldini “daren’t imagine a World Cup without Italy, as we are vastly superior to Sweden,” but reveals he would love a Federation job.
Luigi Di Biagio suggests he would be interested in becoming Italy’s next Coach but insists “it’s not something to talk about right now.”
Mario Balotelli insists he ‘respects’ his absence from the Italy squad and tells Sweden rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic, “we’ll beat you!”
Juventus boss Max Allegri is reportedly in contention to replace Giampiero Ventura if Italy fail to qualify for the World Cup.
Jorginho’s agent claims his ‘fate’ was to play in the second leg of Italy’s World Cup playoff against Sweden on Monday.
Luca Toni feels Bayern Munich sacking Carlo Ancelotti was the right call but admits Italy “would be in a real mess if they didn’t qualify” for the World Cup.
Genoa boss Davide Ballardini reveals he has not talked to his Swedish wife since Italy’s 1-0 defeat on Friday.
Dino Zoff claims he finds talk of exaggerated criticism towards Giampiero Ventura ‘funny’. “If I remember what they said about poor Enzo Bearzot…”
Alessandro Del Piero is confident Italy have “no problems in attack” for Sweden on Monday, explaining Giampiero Ventura “has real options” at his disposal.
Gianluca Vialli insists Giampiero Ventura “knows what to do” against Sweden and that Italy “made them look better than they actually are.”