Spain must pay a lot of attention to Balotelli, warns David Silva

The Manchester City playmaker is wary of the prospect of facing his team-mate when Spain take on the Azzurri this Sunday in the opening game of Euro 2012's Group C
David Silva has warned of the dangers posed by Mario Balotelli ahead of Spain's Euro 2012 clash with Italy on Sunday.

The Manchester City midfielder, who played an influential part in La Roja's Euro 2008 win, assured that his country will not underestimate the Azzurri in their Group C opener despite Cesare Prandelli's side being written off by critics.

"Italy are a great team and they can always cause us trouble," Silva was quoted as saying by Marca. "It will be a complicated game."
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Silva also complimented his Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli, who is to spearhead Italy's attack alongside Antonio Cassano, and joked that he will ask the 21-year-old to have a poor game.

"I will tell Balotelli to not have a good performance!

"It will be tough because he is a great player, able to score a lot of goals. We will need to pay a lot of attention to him."

Balotelli netted 17 goals in 32 appearances for Manchester City this past season.

Both teams met in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals as Spain progressed with a 5-4 victory on penalties following a 0-0 stalemate after 120 minutes.

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