Italy coach Cesare Prandelli tried to stay upbeat after their 3-0 friendly defeat to Russia.
The Azzurri fell to a heavy 3-0 defeat in tonightâ€™s friendly in Zurich, which means Italy have lost three consecutive games for the first time since 1986, failing to find the net.
â€śWe made too many mistakes and I hope we made them all tonight. Itâ€™s a shame, as an incident couldâ€™ve helped us to react,â€ť he told RAI Sport.
â€śItâ€™s a third straight defeat, but also the third game in eight months. We have five or six days to work and certainly have to change some things.
â€śRussia were already in good shape in terms of physical sharpness, determination and the tournament mentality. Weâ€™re a bit behind right now.â€ť
The defence left huge gaps throughout the match and couldâ€™ve conceded more than three goals.
â€śItâ€™s a problem that starts from the attack. If they donâ€™t help the midfield, then that suffers and so does the defence. Itâ€™s not an issue of three or four-man defence.
â€śParadoxically it might be better to lose so badly tonight, as we have our feet back firmly on the ground and know how much we have to work.â€ť