It was the worst Azzurri tournament of all time, going out bottom of the group behind Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand.
"Italy could've done a lot better against Slovakia and New Zealand. This is beyond all dispute," he told Il Giornale newspaper.
"We also knew this was going to be a transitional World Cup. At the end of the day, these were the players Marcello Lippi wanted and Serie A didn't provide him with huge new alternatives."