Luigi Di Biagio has resigned as manager of Italy’s U21 side. The decision comes after the Azzurini were eliminated from the U21 Euro competition and the consequent failure to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. These are his words during a press conference he called today:
“I will no longer be the coach of the Under 21 team. We must separate the results of these years from what happened at this tournament. I would say that a great job has been done. We have allowed many players to grow, we have been competitive with many strong teams, and many of our lads have gone on to play for the senior team, which is the goal. The fault is not ours alone, without looking for alibis. The main responsibility is on me and the players. But those who say we have no game plan and do not run, they say so in bad faith. We had more shots, we were more dangerous than the others. If Romania had won, you would have told me that I was the best of all”.