Zlatan reacts to Sweden World Cup qualification in most Zlatan way ever

Ancelotti Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

"We lost it 15 years ago when thanks to incredible cashing in by those in the football world, Italy brought in flops from every area of the world to unfairly steal places from our lads...", Cannavaro wrote on Instagram.

After the game, midfielder Daniele De Rossi and defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli announced they would be retiring from global competition - joining goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who previously said he would do so after the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon was left distraught after the match, as he said: "I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football". Ventura has failed, but more so than him there is (Italian Football Federation) President (Carlo) Tavecchio. I have to evaluate an infinity of things. "I'm proud to have met you and to have faced you many times".

"It's a very heavy result to bear, because I was absolutely convinced that we had this ferocious desire to overcome the obstacle".

The four-time winners, a regular fixture at the tournament since missing their last one in 1958, could not get past Sweden in the qualifiers. "A World Cup without Italia is like pizza without cheese".

"The era of four or five veterans comes to a close, the one of the hungry young players coming through begins and that's how it should be", said Ventura, who took over from Chelsea coach Antonio Conte in 2016 with a contract until June 2020.

With Italy searching for a vital goal, television cameras captured a member of Ventura's backroom staff telling De Rossi to warm up. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skilful". "At the time I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead". "Let's make sure this helps us undertake radical change, immediately", he said.

"Wasted chances, a bit of bad luck but zero goals in 180 minutes against the Swedes, who will go to Russia", Gazzetta commented.

"Apocalypse Azzurra", said the headline of La Stampa newspaper, referring to the unofficial name of the team whose bright blue jerseys reflect the azure of the Mediterranean Sea.

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