Platini praises Azzurri defence

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Juventus and France legend Michel Platini believes Italy's defence is the best at this summer's World Cup.

Marcello Lippi's men have conceded just once in their first four games in Germany, a record only matched by Brazil.

Platini has been impressed by what he has seen from the likes of Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon but says they have been let down by the lack of support from the Azzurri's strikers.

"In the first match against Ghana, I liked the whole of Italy, but they struggled against tighter sides," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"But Italy have a really good defence. Buffon and Cannavaro have been sensational."

However, the Uefa vice-president does not believe Italy are capable of winning the World Cup, even though he admits they have been handed a relatively easy route into the semi-finals.

"I think the team that will win the World Cup will come from the matches involving Germany and Argentina or Brazil versus France," Platini continued.

"France won't be the most beautiful side in the competition, but they remain a difficult team to beat.

"Italy already in the semi-final? I think so, yes, but they must be careful against Ukraine."