Reaction to Italy’s failure to qualify for World Cup
MILAN (AP) — Reaction to Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup after losing the playoff to Sweden 1-0 on aggregate on Monday:
“I feel I have to apologize to Italians for the result.” — Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura.
“It is upsetting that my last match decided we didn’t qualify for the World Cup.” — Retiring Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon.
“I’m sorry. Not for me, though, but for (Italy).” — Buffon
“At end we deserved it, because I’m not someone who believes in luck.” — Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
“We gave everything we had. They deserved it more.” — Chiellini.
“We all need to look within and find a way to bounce back. We need to get back to the level we deserve to be at.” — Chiellini.
“It’s a black moment for our game.” — Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi.
“There’s little to say. Unfortunately there will be a lot of time to analyze it. The only thing I can say is that we showed few ideas and not much in the way of tactics.” — De Rossi.
“Not going to the World Cup is tragic.” — Italy playmaker Federico Bernardeschi.
“Nobody wanted this.” — Italy forward Manolo Gabbiadini.
“It was a demonstration of how strong we are as a group.” — Sweden coach Janne Andersson.
“We have many heroes tonight. Obviously I’m somewhat taken over by emotions and obviously very happy.” — Andersson.
“I am very happy but above all happy for these players. For many of them it was probably the last chance to get to the World Cup.” — Andersson.
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