The Azzuri narrowly missed out on a podium place and an Olympic berth to Poland due to set ratio and Berruto blamed the pressure of the occasion as a central factor to that failure.
“Tension remained high during the tournament because we won the silver medal at the European Championships. We had a great desire to do well, but often the urge paralyzes us and this happened against Poland,” he said.
“Coach Anastasi (Berruto’s predecessor and Poland coach) took advantage of our failings and did very well making the right changes. His athletes were just as smart to implement his scheme.”
However, the 42-year-old has already established where his team need to improve if they want to reach the Games.
“We must improve in the decisive moments, when a ball is near the ground,” he said, adding that if he could reply any match he would “choose Poland v Italy, precisely, the second part of the match.”