David Luiz tips Italy for World Cup

David Luiz of Chelsea looks on ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Park on May 11, 2013
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Brazil defender David Luiz says that Italy are a team to be feared ahead of next summer's World Cup.

Chelsea defender David Luiz has talked up the chances of Italy ahead of next summer's World Cup.

The Brazil international is likely to be named in the Selecao squad for the tournament in his homeland, and he admitted that the Italians are entering the competition as one of the strongest sides.

"Italy do not have four stars on their shirts by chance," Luiz is quoted as saying on Goal.com.

"Lifting the World Cup four times must be respected. They are going to be a great opponent.

"A Brazil-Italy final? Why not? Just as long as it finishes as it did in 1994 (with us winning on penalties!) Seriously, Italy can get to the final, maybe even win the final."

Italy came through their qualifying campaign unbeaten.

A generic shot of the FIFA World Cup taken on October 20, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland
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