Italy’s interim boss, Luigi Di Biagio says he has had a wonderful time with the Azzurri, but believes the next coach will have his work cut out for him.
The interim boss was promoted from the U-21 squad, and his first outing was a 2-0 loss to Argentina.
However, he avoided a clean sweep of losses, when his side salvaged a 1-1 draw thanks to a Lorenzo Insigne penalty.
Di Biagio believes there is talent to work with in the Italy squad.
“It was a fantastic 10 days. I knew some of the lads already. They all gave me all they could and I thanked them before the match for their commitment,” said Di Biagio.
“I think this is a starting point. I hope people say we should start by defending well but if you don’t go out to play well you will not grow.
“This group must be allowed to grow. There were mistakes, yes, but they were trying. Most of the mistakes happened because they were trying to do what I asked them to do.
“It is better to make mistakes trying to build play than not even trying.”