The Azzurri will face England within the remaining at Wembley on Sunday, bidding to win their second European Championship title and first since Zoff helped the workforce to victory in 1968.
His biggest second got here 14 years later, although, when he lifted the World Cup aged 40.
“I see a few things in common with that of 1982,” the goalkeeping nice instructed AFP.
“They are a very fast, lively team, and that brings them a bit closer to us at the World Cup in 82.”
Italy are on a nationwide document 33-match unbeaten run, however wanted penalties to edge out a formidable Spain within the semi-finals.
It can be their Euro third remaining since 1968 having misplaced to France in 2000, when Zoff was the coach, and to Spain in 2012.
Victory would full a exceptional turnaround, after Mancini took over following their failure to qualify for the World Cup in 2018.
“Beyond the players, I’d say that everything comes from Mancini who knows how to make the right choices,” added Zoff, whose Italy workforce in 2000 led France deep into damage time earlier than ultimately being overwhelmed by David Trezeguet’s golden objective.
“He introduced so much of conviction and confidence. His workforce performs superb football in very totally different conditions.
“I actually hope that it’ll begin a cycle like Spain had on the Euro (profitable in 2008 and 2012) and the World Cup (2010).
“The World Cup isn’t far away. I’m confident…
“For me, it is not a shock to see Italy within the remaining. I used to be satisfied they’d do properly.”
Standing in Italy’s way in their 10th major tournament final will be England, playing in such a match for the first time in 55 years.
Gareth Southgate’s men conceded for the first time in the last four against Denmark but fought back to win 2-1 after extra time.
Zoff believes Italy can cause England problems despite their opponents enjoying home advantage.
“The English performed a very good match with the assist of their house crowd,” he said.
“The Danes did properly, in addition they performed their sport and it was selected a penalty. But England did slightly extra and deserved to win.
“Italy, for sure, will have a big disadvantage with the English crowd. It will be an away game. But it’s doable. England offer more chances to play in midfield (than Spain), with more space.”
One factor that each Italy and England have in frequent are traditionally poor data in penalty shoot-outs.
But England have received their final two, whereas Italy, who knocked England out of Euro 2012 on spot-kicks, edged previous Spain, with Gianluigi Donnarumma making the decisive save from Alvaro Morata.
“It’s obvious that he has a great chance of becoming a great goalkeeper,” Zoff stated of Donnarumma, who’s and not using a membership after leaving AC Milan and has been closely linked with Paris Saint-Germain.
“It will depend on him. But the possibilities are immense.”