Former FIGC chief Carlo Tavecchio says Italy fans were hoping they've lost their World Cup playoff against Sweden.
Tavecchio stepped down after the defeat.
â€œI was struck by our failure to qualify for the World Cup, so I resigned," he told Radio Sportiva.
â€œI'm convinced that there were many at San Siro who were hoping the Azzurri would go out as that was only way they could overthrow me.
â€œThe national team begins with those who start in Italy. Right now the situation is confusing, but Mancini is an excellent Coach, although you can't start winning again overnight."