After the win against England gave Italy the best possible start to the 2014 World Cup, Friday’s loss to Costa Rica brought the Azzurri crashing back to earth.
While the Central American nation deserve every credit for their victory, it would be Cesare Prandelli’s men sitting atop Group D with maximum points if they had delivered a performance anywhere near their best.
In any case, they failed to do so, and the tinkering of the coach was undoubtedly a major factor in their collective collapse.
As has already been discussed at length, Prandelli’s changes from the first game robbed his side of chemistry and creativity, the absence of both glaring in this jarring defeat.
Yet, even as he understands his changes to the line-up were to blame for many of Italy’s shortcomings, the former Fiorentina boss will know more alterations are needed ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Uruguay.
Here is a closer look at three changes the Azzurri must make if they are to progress to the last 16.