Italy hosted Netherlands in Pescara on Saturday evening and neither of the two sides were able to find the net, resulting in a disappointing goalless draw between two of Europe's best national sides.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi saw plenty of reasons to be satisfied with what he saw though and pointed out that Antonio Candreva and Davide Biondini made a good debut for the Azzurri.
"Our attitude on the pitch was great before the break. However, we lost possession too easily and showed some sloppy passing several times," said Lippi to Italian reporters.
"We improved after the interval though against strong opposition. We largely kept them at bay and did not concede. Additionally, our passing was way more accurate. Therefore, I am quite satisfied with the draw, even though 0-0 never is beautiful result.
"The youngsters were very good today. Palladino, Biondini and Candreva all did a good job against the Dutch. Mourinho might say that there's no young talent in Italy, but they proved him wrong on the pitch."
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com