It has been a tough few weeks for Italian football.
After their 0-0 draw with the USA in the last 16 of the Confederations Cup in Russia, they have been forced to pull out of the group stages of the World Cup.
The Italians were also knocked out of Euro 2016 by France, after the French won 3-1 in the final.
Now they will face a much tougher task than before as they try to finish second in Group C of the tournament.
But the best way to help the side in the coming weeks is to learn from the past.
It is all too easy to get caught up in the moment and start a new project with a big aim.
The Italian squad has already begun preparing for the upcoming tournament, and a number of players are in the midst of a new training camp.
This summer they have already begun the preparation for the Confederions Cup.
It will be important for them to take stock of the current situation and make a decision.
The players have already been through a few stressful periods in their careers, with the departures of former captain and captain-in-waiting Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo, the team’s former number one.
These were the moments that made their departure so painful.
The current squad is made up of a number to fill the void.
Gianlui Buffon is the first to go, after his transfer from Fiorentina to Milan was confirmed last week.
He was a player who captained Italy to three consecutive Champions League final appearances and two Serie A titles.
He left at the end of the 2013-14 season, as he was not at his best in Italy’s title-winning campaign.
The next step for Buffon was to be replaced by Gianluio Cerci, who was then joined by former Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, and is now the coach of Juventus.
Cerci will be hoping to get back on the field and join the team as the starting centre-back.
He will need to put in some time as a full-back and defensive midfielder.
Andrea Pignata, the third centre-half, is also likely to be playing some games this season after being dropped by Udinese.
With Pignasi joining Milan, the centre-backs will be given a chance to shine.
There are also some new faces to the squad as well.
Mario Mandzukic and Gennaro Gattuso are new to the starting XI.
They are joined by the experienced Matteo Darmian, who has been with Udinese for the last few seasons.
Darmia is a solid centre-forward who can make up for the absence of Buffon in the centre of defence.
Gatti has been one of the most consistent performers in the Serie A, scoring 22 goals in the 2013/14 season.
The former Juventus captain has also been an integral part of the Italy team since he joined them in 2008.
He scored 10 goals and added three assists in Serie A last season, including a hat-trick against Spain in the World Champions League.
The other centre-halves are Andrea Stramaccioni, a right-back who started all the games in the 2014-15 campaign, and Andrea Poli, who joined from Inter Milan in the summer.
They will be expected to perform well.
The rest of the squad is composed of players who were part of previous squads.
The most important names are Alessandro Del Piero, who is a veteran of the Italian national team, and Giuseppe Bellusci, a player with experience at Roma.
The defence will also be full of quality, with a number who have been in Serie B or C for years.
The goalkeeper will be Andrea Gabbiadini, who played for the Bianconeri for many years, and has already proven his worth.
He has been instrumental in winning the Serie B title this season.
It’s important that they have a good squad to face the world, and make sure that they are prepared for the game in Russia.
A good result against the US in Russia could prove to be decisive for the Italian team, who have already qualified for Russia.
It has already been a difficult season for the Italians, who are currently third in the standings.
But they will need every single point to secure a place in the group stage, and will need it to continue to improve in the future.
The results against the Americans will only be important if they are able to defend against them in the quarter-finals.
It might not be as easy as it was against the United States, but it will be much easier if they beat the Americans in the semi-finals to ensure themselves a place at the World’s Most Famous Tournament.