Euro 2024: Luciano Spalletti lists two reasons for Italy’s meek display against Switzerland

Luciano Spalletti has highlighted why Italy could not get the better of Switzerland in their Euro 2024 round of 16 clash (Imago/Shutterstock)

Euro 2024: Luciano Spalletti lists two reasons for Italy’s meek display against Switzerland

Seye Omidiora 09:19 - 30.06.2024

The Azzurri boss was understandably disappointed with his side’s mediocre showing in Berlin against deserved victors.

Italy boss Luciano Spalletti blamed the Azzurri’s wretched showing against Switzerland on a lack of “tempo and sharpness”. 

Switzerland vs Italy

The Swiss notched two goals either side of the half-time break through Remo Freuler and Ruben Vargas, continuing their undefeated start to 2024 to leave the Azzurri with much to ponder. 

Italy had an underwhelming showing at Euro 2024, coming from behind to defeat Albania in their group B opener, losing docilely to Spain and needing a late Mattia Zaccagni equaliser against Croatia to avoid an early exit in their title defence. 

They got no such good fortune against Murat Yakin’s men, who dominated proceedings and deserved their victory in Berlin. 

What Spalletti said after Italy’s Euro 2024 exit

Switzerland vs Italy
Luciano Spalletti consoles dejected Italy players after their Euro 2024 last-16 defeat by Switzerland (Imago/Sportimage)

The former Napoli boss shed light on Italy’s loss at Euro 2024 which means the last three defending European champions have been eliminated in the round of 16, with Spain losing to the Azzurri in 2016 and Portugal eliminated by Belgium in the previous tournament. 

“It’s true that the goal at the start of the second half knocked the confidence out of us. Even if we were in their half, we were not incisive,” Spalletti told RAI Sport.  

“What made the difference was the tempo, we were too slow compared to them in the first half. Even in terms of individuals, there was a different tempo of the movements and the duels.  

“Unfortunately, sharpness and tempo make the difference. Last time I thought perhaps if I gave them time to recover and change a few players, they’d be sharper. At this moment, for too many reasons, we are unable to do more than this right now.”

What comes next?

It remains to be seen if Italy retains Spalletti after their disappointing Euro 2024 elimination, with the local press piling on the Azzurri after a mediocre showing in Germany.