The 55-year-old claims that the impersonal way he treats the controversial forward is key to keeping him disciplined.
“I often say to Balotelli, jokingly, that maybe I'm the only one capable of managing him,” Prandelli told reporters.
“Perhaps it is because I have such little time for him.”
The Azzurri boss also heavily hinted that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti and AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy will feature in the upcoming friendly against France.
He said: “If we don't try these kids now, then when will we do it?”
Italy host Didier Deschamps’ side at Ennio Tardini stadium on Wednesday.