Italy lost their World Cup play-off against Sweden 1-0
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Gianfranco Zola says Italy are in a 'very painful phase' and the current generation is simply not good enough after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The four-time World Cup winners lost their play-off against Sweden 1-0 on aggregate to miss out on a place in the finals for the time since 1958.
Zola, who scored ten goals in 35 appearances for the Azzurri, joined talkSPORT on Tuesday to reflect on the national humiliation and claimed big changes need to be made if Italy are to recapture past glories.
"Italy is a country for what it has done in the past that should have a lot of players ready and as strong, if not better, than the ones we have at the moment and I don't think we have. That is the problem.
"At the same time, it is an opportunity to try to make it better.
"We have players like Belotti, we have players like Immobile, but what we don't have is players able to create goal situations – if you take out Insigne.
"A few years ago, there were five, six top European players in that position that were able to change a game.
"We are all shocked at the moment and we are in a very painful phase. We have to start seeing what we can do to improve."