The Azzurri were thumped 4-0.
â€śSpain are stronger and I think we reached such a high level that we can play against them, but if you play 10 times then youâ€™ll lose six or seven,â€ť De Rossi told Rai Sport.
â€śWe managed it in Gdansk and risked winning that game, but I think we did very well to get here and when not 100 per cent fit there was nothing to be done.
â€śWe all wanted to win and were convinced we could, as we already played them and held our own in the group phase.
â€śSpain commanded the game and above all we never really hurt them, as we didnâ€™t have the energy to chase them down. The match was over on the hour mark when we went down to 10 men.
â€śSpain deserve compliments, but so do Italy, as we created a new approach that will be built on in the future.
â€śMaybe losing 1-0 at the 90th minute wouldâ€™ve hurt even more, although nobody wants to lose 4-0.
â€śI challenge anyone to play with 10 men against Spain, who are 2-0 up. We couldâ€™ve avoided the last two goals, but not much wouldâ€™ve changed. Spain are a step above everyone else.â€ť