"I admit it, the Bianconeri impressed me against Manchester United," Capello told Tuttosport. "I saw a solid side, one capable of demanding respect from the Champions of Europe. Their attitude really does remind me of my Juventus.
"I walked out of Old Trafford convinced that Ranieri's team can compete with anyone in Serie A and the Champions League.
"What he has at his disposal looks like a side built to withstand the pressures of both competitions."
Ranieri may be known as 'Tinker Man', but his versatility is admired by the England boss.
"That is a very important characteristic, equal to that of experience, to go far in the Champions League. I don't doubt that the so-called old guard will do very well in Europe.
"Their hunger and rage after a year in Serie B is clear in every move they make on that pitch.
"The lads truly deserve to do well and I am very happy to wish them all the best."