Signore Lippi Takes The Blame

Italy became only the fourth defending champion to exit at the group round phase (Italy in 1950, Brazil in 1966, France in 2002) after a humiliating South African experience. The Azzurri lacked balance, creativity, organization and urgency.

Italy coach Marcello Lippi admitted Italy's failure to progress beyond the group stage of the World Cup was down to him.

“I take full responsibility. If in an such an important game, the team presents itself with terror in their legs, heads and hearts, and doesn’t succeed to express itself how it was necessary, it means that the manager did not prepare the team well on a technical, tactical and psychological level.

I didn’t think to win the World Cup again, but to end my tenure with the national team in this manner is the worst possible way. Good luck to my successor (Cesare Prandelli) and thanks to everyone for these four years in parts fantastic and other parts very disappointing.

The responsibility is completely mine. For whom built this side. I was convinced and had the desire to redo this experience after having won the World Cup in 2006. I am very, very sorry. I don’t have the intention to manage another team straight away. Now I want to step back for a few months to evaluate everything.

This time, I wasn’t able to impart the proper motivations to my players. We had two games against Paraguay and New Zealand and didn’t really shine. But if we had shown more desire in those appearances, adding something more in the offensive phase, perhaps it would have been enough. Instead tonight, everything exploded.

I had told the lads ‘Finally the World Cup is here. Tonight it’s either in or out.’ Evidently, I was wrong to create those psychological presumptions because the team didn’t come off the starting blocks, didn’t play, didn’t create and didn’t do anything.”

The problem wasn’t one player before another. But to put on the pitch a team capable to express itself from the first minute. In the past, I had created the proper mixture. This time, I wasn’t successful.

Well, to lose two players in a final phase such as Buffon and Pirlo isn’t easy. But by the same token, tonight we needed to present ourselves in a different manner. But we can’t think that Italy is what we saw tonight.”

I wish my successor the best and thank all of you for these four years, which were in part fantastic and in part very, very disappointing."

At least Lippi can take some comfort in the fact that, although Italy were pretty abject, they weren’t quite as bad as France – who are rapidly becoming the new measuring stick for footballing disappointment everywhere in the world.

Source: Marcello Lippi's interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport

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