De Rossi led the Azzurri on Tuesday night in London.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no need to worry more than a bit about an August friendly loss, as many Serie A sides lose to Slovakians at this time of the season,‚ÄĚ mused De Rossi.
The Azzurri have not won a single match in 2010 and are without a victory in seven. The last time they had such a poor streak was between 1958 and ‚Äô59 when they registered three defeats and five draws, failing to qualify for the World Cup.
‚ÄúIt has been a horrible year. It always hurts to lose, even more so if you‚Äôre coming off another series of setbacks. That‚Äôs how the critics see it, so imagine how we feel.
‚ÄúThe results in South Africa were a whole other kettle of fish. This time it went badly against an Ivory Coast side that was physically in great condition and we did some good things. It‚Äôs early to make a drama out of it.
‚ÄúThis is, after all, the dawn of a new era. It‚Äôll take two years to give a definitive judgment on Prandelli‚Äôs work.‚ÄĚ