Italy are out of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, after putting in arguably their worst performance of the past decade, which resulted in a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Brazil.
The Azzurri managed to score just three goals in the entire
tournament, all of which came in their first match against the United States,
the nation that will join the Brazilians in the final four.
Marcello Lippi was understandably disappointed following the
contest, and one would expect that the his position as coach of the country
will come under further scrutiny in the coming days.
“We are sorry to be out of the competition, but it is not
because Brazil are stronger than us,” Lippi affirmed in a post match press
“We knew that Brazil were always going to be strong, as they
are one of the best in the world.”
The coach continued by responding to those who have
criticized him for not selecting younger players for this particular
He added, “You speak about young players.
Which young players? Do you just throw young players into these matches?
Youngsters have to be introduced gradually.
“We must stay calm, and keep in mind that it is important to have experience in
these types of matches.
“You can’t just throw in seven or eight
young players, because they have to be mature. [Giuseppe] Rossi has played
three games, not entirely, but he did, so I don’t know what you are talking
“My plan is not
going to change. I am sticking to my plan. I feel sad, as do the players
because they were unable to portray Italy in the right manner tonight, but we
know that we can do better.”
Lippi was finally
asked about whether or not he would bring a number of younger players with him
to next year’s World Cup, and in response he simply stated “goodbye”.
The Italians will resume their World Cup qualifying campaign
for 2010 in September, with a match away to Georgia.
Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com