Who'd have thought it? After such a bad World Cup and a scandal that almost resulted in them withdrawing from the tournament?
But it's things like that that good managers can use to their advantage. Develop a siege mentality in the dressing room. It's them versus us and if we stick together, we can show them.
And that's exactly what they did, only coming unstuck against an awesome Spanish side, about whom just about every footballing journalist has been waxing lyrical.
But these words are for the over-achieving Italians who showed they possess skill and a team spirit in abundance. I can only apologise to them for predicting they would win the final. Never can a team have been more doomed than one that receives my backing.