They told us the Italians were finished,
rocked by a domestic betting scandal.
Their chances of success had been diminished,
their only hope to light a holy candle.
They said their camp was riddled with dissension
and injuries had filled them with dismay.
The fans displayed uncommon apprehension
and had, in record numbers, stayed away.
They told us that they needed holy favours
and boy, just watch those busy Spanish swarm.
If that was a poor Italian side, God save us
from ever facing them when they’re on form.