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Spalletti: Italy Euro 2024 failure my 'responsibility' - ESPN

Italy coach Luciano Spalletti said he took full responsibility for his team's exit from the European Championship in the first knockout round after a 2-0 loss against Switzerland.

However, the 65-year-old former Napoli boss also complained he had not had enough matches in which to blend his team ahead of the defeat, which marked Italy's first elimination before the quarterfinal stage of the Euros in 20 years.

«I have the responsibility,» Spalletti said at the post-match news conference.

«We failed because of my team selection, it is never down to the players.»

Spalletti said, however, that he did not have enough time to get to know the team better.

All other coaches had 30 or even more games with their teams before the tournament started, he said, adding: «I only had 10.»

He added: «There is the possibility of building something, but it takes a little more time. I didn't have a lot of it. If we look at my predecessors, almost all of them had more games than me.»

Spalletti was appointed Italy's national team manager in August 2023, following the resignation of Roberto Mancini.

He made six changes to his starting lineup against the Swiss, but instead of instilling energy and creativity into the team, they looked disjointed and without invention, and barely managed a shot on goal.

Italy had to play without one of their most impressive players in Germany, the suspended defender Riccardo Calafiori.

Goals in each half from Remo Freuler and Ruben Vargas gave the Swiss their first win over their southern neighbor for 31 years and set up a quarterfinal against England or Slovakia in Düsseldorf on July 6.

«That goal at the start of the second half cut our legs, we weren't very incisive,» Spalletti told reporters. «What made the