Realism in Italy after Euro qualification: 'It's too little to dream big'

There is no euphoric mood in the Italian sports newspapers, now that Italy struggled to qualify for next year's Euros in Germany on Monday evening. The goalless draw against Ukraine (0-0) made it clear that there is still plenty of work to be done for coach Luciano Spalletti.

Realism in Italy after Euro qualification: 'It's too little to dream big'
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The front pages do radiate some enthusiasm. "We're in! Italy finally qualifies for Euro 2024," headlines La Gazzetta dello Sport. And Corriere dello Sport writes: "Here we go! Italy fights, suffers, and takes risks, but ultimately makes it to the Euros." 

The Rome-based sports newspaper immediately adds that the draw on December 2nd could result in a 'Group of Death', reflecting the overall not-too-optimistic mood in Italy heading towards the football summer in Germany.

Where Italy became European champions in 2021 with players like Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne, and Marco Verratti, the current squad lacks the individual class that, for example, France has, according to the Italian sports newspapers. However, since his appointment in September, Spalletti has forged a tight group. "The goal was achieved without winning or performing majestically. But it's still too little to dream big," writes La Gazzetta dello Sport.