Italy midfielder Jorginho revealed that his penalty misses in the World Cup qualifiers will haunt him for the rest of his life. The Chelsea midfielder missed two penalties in the qualifiers against Switzerland. He had his first penalty saved by Yann Sommer before blazing his second penalty over the bar. Italy was eliminated from the World Cup in their playoff semi-final against North Macedonia. They dominated their game and had 30 shots in total but failed to find the back of the net. Italy became the first reigning European Champions to fail to qualify for the World Cup since Greece in 2006.

“It hurts when I think about it because I do still think about it and it will haunt me for the rest of my life,” Italy midfielder Jorginho said. “Stepping up there twice and not being able to help your team and your country is something that I will carry with me forever, and it weighs on me. People say we need to lift our heads and carry on, but it’s tough.”

“It is hard to explain what happened,” he added. “It hurts so much. I’ll be honest, I am still incredulous. I don’t think we lacked creativity, as we always dominated matches and created so many chances. Unfortunately, we were unable to finish them off. We played good football, we won the European Championship last summer, but unfortunately in the last few games, we made small errors and were unable to recover from them. They made the difference.”

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