Italy is considered to be one of the best teams by winning four World Cup titles in the past. Unfortunately, Italy did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They placed seventeenth in the rankings. One reason is due to the change in managers close to the World Cup. Conte left and Ventura came in as their manager shortly after the 2016 Euros. Italy won against the United States and Poland, but they lost to France and Portugal.
They tied four games against the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and Portugal. It was disappointing that they did not qualify since they are such a strong team, but some teams can prove stronger during the games leading up to the World Cup.
There are a lot of Italian players who are considered to be gifted in providing the type of gameplay that is expected from them. It is a surprise that Italy was not able to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Italy used to be one of the powerhouses in Football and the fact that it was not able to enter is devastating for a lot of people. It might be a misfortune in their part because they were grouped with Spain.
Their second-place finish is probably best out of all the groups but the fact remains that they are second in the group which means that they do not qualify. Italy went through some struggles this year. If they can make some more changes to their gameplay, they may enter the next World Cup years from now.