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Former Chelsea ace Zola suggests Italy have strong Euros chance

Gianfranco Zola is of firm belief that Italy can have a big influence at Euro2012 after making the quarter-finals.

The Azzurri take on England in the final eight in Kiev on Sunday and the former Chelsea striker and West Ham United manager feels Cesare Prandelli's men are capable of going far in the tournament based on their group stage performances.

"If Italy play as their opening three matches, England or France make no difference: the opponents will have more problems," Zola told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Apart from a drop in the final stages because of fatigue, I saw good ball movement and fluidity in the final third.

"Admittedly we are struggling to find the goal, but I had said before Euro 2012 that Italy are dark horses."

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