Ancelotti: Balotelli faster than Lescott and Terry put together

The Italian feels that the flamboyant attacker could have an important say on the result against the Three Lions, and has nothing but praise for the controversial forward
16/1 To score two or more
10/1 To celebrate with a t-shirt
18/1 To be sent off

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Mario Balotelli could make the difference for Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final against England on Sunday.

Ancelotti feels it's an advantage for the Manchester City attacker that he knows the Three Lions’ defenders very well, and has the edge on them when it comes to pace.

John Terry and Joleon Lescott are expected to continue their partnership at the heart of England’s defence in Kiev, with the latter a domestic team-mate of Balotelli.

"Italy need Balotelli right now. He can be a crucial player for Italy and help the team to the European title this summer," Ancelotti was quoted as saying by A Bola.

"Balotelli know the English defence very well. Lescott is his colleague at Manchester City. That could be a psychological advantage for him.

"Plus, he's faster than Lescott and John Terry put together."

Balotelli was dropped from the starting line-up, with Antonio Di Natale preferred to partner Antonio Cassano, as Italy dispatched Republic of Ireland 2-0.

However, the youngster made the headlines as he netted a stunning second to confirm the three points and secure their qualification to the quarter-final stage.

Sunday's encounter kicks off at 20:45CET.

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