Italy manager Roberto Mancini has called on clubs and the national set-up to give young Italians more game time.
Mancini since led the Azzurri to second place in Nations League Group Three, finishing runners up to Portugal by three points, and will take on Finland on Saturday evening as Italy kick off their European Championship qualifying campaign.
“In Italy, the final result is more important than how we get somewhere,” Mancini told Italian outlet Esquire.
“We’ve won with this mentality for decades, but football has changed. If you can’t set up a team who also play good football, you can’t keep winning.
“I came in at a difficult time. Many said Italy had no good players coming through, but I think Italy have always raised good players, even at difficult times.
“There are [players coming through] and, since they’re also young, I thought we could try something different.
“In my day, 20-year-olds already had 150 first-team appearances under their belts. They need to play more.
“They’re all good technically, but experience is crucial, especially what you pick up from international games.
“The national team can do so much for Italian football, as can even lads who no-one knows or who play in the lower Leagues.
“I hope, within a few years, that we get back to seeing teams who each have 5-6 good Italians.”
Reports in the Italian press have claimed Mancini will name a young squad to face Finland, including 20-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and 21-year-old striker Federico Chiesa.
The Italians will also face Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and Lichenstein as they aim to progress through Group J.