I don't fear Balotelli, warns Jerome Boateng

The Bayern Munich defender is determined to make life hard for the flamboyant Italy attacker when they meet at San Siro for Friday's glamour international friendly
Germany international Jerome Boateng insists that he does not fear Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

The AC Milan striker netted twice in the Euro 2012 semi-final between the two sides to lead the Azzurri to a stirring 2-1 win yet the Bayern Munich defender is confident that he has what it takes to stop his opponent this time around.

"He eliminated us at Euro 2012 but that does not mean that I fear him," Boateng told Bild.

"He is one of the best strikers around in Europe. It's very hard to stop him when he's 100 per cent but that's a nice challenge for our defence and for me personally.

"It's impossible to keep a striker like Balotelli quiet for the full 90 minutes but it's up to me to make sure he does not make an impact. I want to make things hard for him."

Friday's friendly at San Siro is scheduled to kick off at 19.45BST.