Former Italy coach Azeglio Vicini has said the Azzurri have as good a chance as ever of winning the World Cup for a fifth time.
There is plenty of expectation from Marcello Lippi's men and the big question is whether they are good enough to retain the trophy they won in 2006.
And it's a simple answer for Vicini.
"Italy, for the titles they have won, are a very competitive national team, and they always have been," he told Calciomercato.com.
"They are among the favourites to win it. I think Brazil are the outright favourites, but it doesn't mean that they will win it."
Vicini believes Lippi has the best group of players at his disposal, despite the exclusions of Antonio Cassano and Fabrizio Miccoli, two of Serie A's best players this term.
"I think Lippi has the best of Italian football in his ranks, even though there is no Cassano. He is the only major exclusion," he added.
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