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Zahovic believes that Italy are no match for Slovenia...

Slovenia legend Zlatko Zahovic believes that his country will get the better of Italy when the two sides confront each other later this week.

Slovenia and Italy clash with each other in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday evening. The Azzurri are top of Group C with 10 points from four matches while Slovenia are second with seven.

However, Zahovic, regarded as one of the best players ever to have emerged out of Slovenia, is confident that Italy will suffer a defeat and told La Gazzetta dello Sport, “We’ll win easily on Friday, 2-0. More than that, I’ll say Slovenia will have 70 per cent possession. Am I exaggerating? No.

“I like Italian football and respect it, but at the moment you’ve got lots of problems. Your club sides are almost all foreign players."

The 40-year-old also claimed that Italy have very few genuinely good players and stated: “Cesare Prandelli, who is a great coach, struggles to call up a full squad because so few Italians play for the big sides.

“On top of that, while our Slovenian youth academies have improved a great deal, you only have two or three good players. Once there were the likes of Paolo Maldini and Roberto Baggio. Now you are impressed by Andrea Ranocchia. He wouldn’t play in Slovenia. He’s just too slow.

“I can assure you that if Ranocchia does play against us, all the Slovenian players will run at him to take advantage of that weakness.”

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