FIGC President Gabriele Gravina insists he ‘kept the promise to the Italian people’ and thanks Luciano Spalletti for the EURO 2024 qualification.
The Azzurri had missed out on the last two editions of the World Cup and were heading for another dangerous play-off in this qualifying campaign too.
However, a point against Ukraine this evening proved sufficient and they booked their ticket to the Euros in Germany next summer.
“We had made a promise to the Italian people to heal some of those sporting wounds, and we kept that promise,” Gravina told Sky Sport Italia.
There had been a bright spot between those World Cup flops when Roberto Mancini took Italy to win the EURO 2020 title, but the coach quit in August to take over the Saudi Arabia role.
Scrambling for a replacement, the FIGC convinced Scudetto-winner Spalletti to jump right back in just weeks after he had left Napoli.
“A lot changed in the spirit with Spalletti, that enthusiasm returned and the desire to get back to being a special team. With joy and calm, Spalletti brought back a shape and character to this squad,” added Gravina.
“The spell had broken before, but Spalletti did well to quickly recover it. The Nazionale showed strong spirit against Ukraine.
“We saw a team that dominated the match, aside from the suffering of the final minutes. We have qualified, where we had to be, even if for a while we risked not being there. Thank you to Spalletti and the lads.”
Because of this result, Italy are likely to be in Pot 4 for the EURO 2024 group phase draw, which will take place on December 2.