“If Italy continue playing like this, we need fear no-one,” said CONI President Gianni Petrucci ahead of the semi-final with Germany.
The Azzurri are still unbeaten in Euro 2012, even if they have only been able to score four goals in as many games.
“The Euros are going well and at the moment we are third in Europe. In what other sector are we among the top three in Europe right now?” joked Petrucci amid the financial crisis.
“If Italy continue playing like this, we need fear no-one. The Azzurri are full of top players, not just Gigi Buffon.
“Right now there is a lot of talk around Andrea Pirlo, who is like a constantly shining light. I’d vote him for the Ballon d’Or.
“I love players who are always champions. Just try to find a single statement Pirlo made that was over the top. He is a fair and polite person, both on the pitch and off it.”
Petrucci, President of the Italian Olympic Committee, will be in the stands for Thursday’s semi-final with Germany in Krakow.
“I would hate to be in Germany’s shoes. We have to give it pride and heart. We should be worried about facing Germany, but they ought to be equally worried about facing us, as we are a great Nazionale with a strong tradition.
“Every match is its own story, so the previous record does not count. All that matters is your ability on the field.
“Cesare Prandelli is doing a great job. I have experienced the lead-up to big games before and must say this is a wonderful side with an extraordinary atmosphere.”