Watch: Italy players can’t believe Gian Piero Ventura’s tactics as they sit on brink of World Cup heartbreak

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After failing to secure direct qualification to the World Cup 2018, Italy have had to go through the playoffs to grab a place in Russia next summer.

The first leg away in Sweden didn’t go well as they will have to overturn a 1-0 deficit when the two sides meet at the San Siro next week, but on the basis of what we’ve seen in qualification overall, you wouldn’t put your money on the Azzurri to do it.

With four triumphs to their name, Italy are at risk of missing out on their first World Cup since 1958, and one man is bearing the brunt of the criticism, coach Gian Piero Ventura.

As seen below, not only is he infuriating Italians around the world with his questionable tactics and decision-making in terms of personnel, but he’s also seemingly leaving his own players confused and questioning him as evidenced in the video below.

Lorenzo Insigne was brought on in place of Marco Verratti after 76 minutes, and to his disbelief and that of his teammates, he had to explain that he was expected to play in the middle as a direct swap for his compatriot.

Given he’s a winger by trade for Napoli, it’s just another example of Ventura’s incompetence, and it could cost Italy this week…

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