Italy failed to break through the Swiss safe, perfectly guarded by Yann Sommer and had to settle for a draw (0-0) on Sunday which, failing to clarify its route to the 2022 World Cup , allows him to beat the record of invincibility of a national team. With 27 wins and 9 draws since losing to Portugal three years ago, Italy now does better than the 35-game streak of Spain between 2006 and 2009 and Brazil between 1993 and 1996.
But this is not what will satisfy the immediate demands of Roberto Mancini, who has tasted little of the lack of efficiency of his players. “It’s a time when the ball doesn’t want to go into goal. We had too many chances today not to win the match, ”railed the coach of the European champions after the meeting.
“We cannot not win a match like that 2 or 3-0”
Even Jorginho, the great specialist in penalties, broke his teeth on the impassable goalkeeper and captain of the Nati, who stopped without trembling the penalty azzurro (53rd) to receive the deserved ovation of more than 30,000 Swiss supporters, in Basel. Sommer, in the wake of his beautiful Euro, disgusted the entire Italian attack line, from Domenico Berardi to Lorenzo Insigne, to offer this precious point to Switzerland.
“We have to be more clinical and more precise, we can’t not win a match like that 2 or 3-0, it’s a shame. The chances, we had them, the team played, ”added Mancini. Italy, with this second draw in four days, after that against Bulgaria (1-1) Thursday in Florence, is making things more difficult on the road to the 2022 World Cup. Traumatized by the non-qualification for the last World Cup, a first since 1958, the Azzurri will have to fight to win first place, directly qualifying for Qatar.