Translation:They were saying the same even when we were losing.
ahhhh ok , this has been causing me headaches for a while, grazie mille.
Also, this is be one of those lingoisms where a one-for-one translation does not really work that well in English, e.g I would be far more likely to say....
'we were saying the same thing even when we were losing`, or
'we used to say that even when we were losing`.