China coach Marcello Lippi insists Italian football is not in crisis.
Italy have failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup, but the man who won the competition in 2006 doesn't see the future as being bleak.
“The Azzurri had two spectacular years in the group with Spain," Lippi told Premium Sport.
“Then they had 20 days of blackout and they lost to Sweden. That's what happened, Italian football is not in crisis. We can face the future with confidence, because we have a lot of good youngsters.
“Italian teams are capable of anything, there isn't this big negative difference. No-one thought Roma and Juventus could do what they did against Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“They showed that with a little luck they can be competitive."