Chief Gabriele Gravina doesn’t want to blame former coach Luigi Di Biagio for not making it out of the Group Stage at the U21 EURO.
Italy didn’t make it out of their U21 EURO Group Stage that was played at home soil.
And then manager Luigi Di Biagio resigned after his failure to advance to the next round.
Which has prompted the Italian Football Association (FIGC) chief Gabriel Gravina to say Di Biagio was “not a failure.”
“There’s bitterness about our failure to qualify for the  Olympics and for not having achieved an important objective [winning the U21 Euros],” Gravina told Football Italia.
“Di Biagio is right: it wasn’t a failure in terms of the work done and youth development, but it’s certainly an ugly stain on our colors right now.”
“Tomorrow afternoon we’ll have a technical meeting,” he added.
“I want to meet everyone and make some reflections. We’ll come out with a new technical framework soon.”
He commented: “The girls are giving an extraordinary testimony to the world of football in terms of enthusiasm, without gender distinctions.”
“We’re rooting for these girls. Now we have a challenging match against the current European champions.”
“It’ll be a very tough and difficult game, but we hope to succeed in achieving the ultra-historic and exciting objective of the semi-finals,” he concluded.
It's job done on the night from the #Azzurrini but Spain's 5-0 win against Poland means qualification depends on other results leaving Italy as the best runner-up.
— Italy (@azzurri) June 22, 2019