Carlo Ancelotti believes Italy can succeed at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, providing they unite like his Real Madrid side did in the Champions League.
Ancelotti led Madrid to their elusive tenth European title last month as they came from behind against neighbours Atletico to win 4-1 in extra-time.
The Italian, who has won silverware with AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in an illustrious career, now believes his country should employ the same spirit as his Madrid side in order to go far in Brazil.
"People are sceptical about Italy's chances and do not believe in us," Ancelotti wrote in La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I can guarantee that, if the team and the coaching staff stay united and all read from the same page, then the atmosphere will become more favourable and results are more likely to go our way."
"That is how Real Madrid won the Champions League. That's why now it's important to encourage Italians to get behind our lads."
Italy sit in a tough group containing Uruguay, Costa Rica and England, with the Azzurri facing the latter in their opening game on Saturday night.
The country have endured mixed fortunes at the previous two World Cup’s, having famously won the tournament on penalties against France in 2006. Four years later in South Africa however, saw Italy exit at the group stage round, having failed to win a game in a pool containing New Zealand, Paraguay and Slovakia.
Italy somewhat revived themselves at their last major tournament in 2012, where they shocked favourites Germany to reach the final. They were eventually beaten 4-0 by holders Spain, but recovered to easily win their World Cup qualification group for the current tournament, standing them in good stead to compete in the later stages.
Should Italy repeat the spirit shown by Real Madrid during this seasons Champions League, they could well find themselves scrapping with the favourites for glory this summer.