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The Parma boss believes the Azzurri are capable of lifting the trophy for a fifth time this summer, while hailing the shift of Italian football to a more offensive style of play

Parma head coach Roberto Donadoni believes Italy could be the darkhorses at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

The Azzurri topped their qualifying group for this year’s tournament with an unbeaten record and, although Donadoni believes it will be tough, they are amongst the favourites to be crowned champions.

Italy have been drawn against England, Costa Rica and Uruguay in a testing group but the 50-year-old has faith in his countrymen.

“It could happen,” the Parma coach told Fifa’s website. “Obviously it won’t be easy, but I think it’s possible.

“Italy have definitely got the potential and technical ability to go all the way. It’s all going to depend on the form the players are in at the end of a long season.”

The Parma boss also revealed that he is delighted Italian football has become more attacking and is hopeful that more Italian teams will adopt this playing style in the near future.

“I think it’s really great to see. I know Cesare Prandelli well, having played alongside him at Atalanta. He has a huge amount of experience and I share his vision of football. It’s a vision that’s helped him get good results.

“Obviously it’s not easy to create a positive mind-set. It takes time. I don’t think every club has taken it on board yet, but I’m sure it’s going to happen.”

Donadoni is happy to see his players developing and creating a pathway for themselves in the national team and he hopes that by sharing his experiences as a footballer he will help his team.

“It’s a source of satisfaction for everyone at the club, and for them especially,” he added. “Like I said, I try to pass on everything I learned in my time as a footballer to my young players.

“When I see people getting the call to play for the national team it gives me even more energy and strength.”

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