i think italy's tactic was to get to penalties in all the knockout rounds. unfortunately, donadoni never counted on the fact that your own players have to shoot at the opposition goal and score to win shootouts.
the sad fact is just the opposite. donadoni thought he could make the group of useless cunts he inherited from lippi play attractive attacking football (like he and his mates did with milan in the late 80s/early 90s). it was the football equivalent of trying to cram a large square block into a minute round hole. this group of italian players just don't understand what attractive attacking football means. winning at any cost they understand. ear piercing they understand. tv advertising they understand. glib excuses for being totally useless cunts they understand only too well.
"The most interesting guy I ever met was the ex-soccer player Jimmy Johnstone, from Celtic. What a character: the voices, the rhythms, the speech patterns… and he'd sing to me like Neil Diamond. He'd drink and come on to women. I named a dog after him"