The Azzurri coach believes that a greater emphasis on youth development would benefit everybody involved in the game on the peninsula
The Azzurri coach feels that a greater emphasis on youth development would combat the clubs' lack of financial might and help the national team.
"Italy has great potential - but we must have rules and goals and we need to get back on track. We must sow the seeds and not wait any more," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "The harvest will be for everyone.
"In recent years, the ideas have been lacking. If you do not have the money to buy champions, you have to create them at home. You have to invest in young people.
"Unfortunately, we Italians like to pretend to be the best when we're not. When we are in Brazil and we hear the national anthem, we must not compain of a lack international experience of the Azzurri.
"Just look at the performance of our teams in the Champions League in recent years. I've had to call well over 60 players because I only see few compete in Europe.
"Brazil won the Confederations Cup by preparing and giving priority to the national team. Last year, our Supercup was in Berlin four days before an international friendly.
"It would be good to give importance to the national team for the greater good."