Thursday April 11 2013
Boateng: 'Balotelli like Ibra'

Kevin-Prince Boateng has compared Mario Balotelli to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is ready to face Napoli in a battle for second place and complained about tactics.

The Ghanaian international spoke to Sky Sport Italia ahead of Sunday’s showdown between Milan and Napoli.

“We have got to win, because we need to achieve second place, which is our objective for this season,” said Boateng.

“It is going to be a difficult game against the Azzurri. It’s true we are playing at home, but Napoli are a very strong side.”

Milan would be closer to Napoli had they not fumbled a 2-0 lead against 10-man Fiorentina last week.

“It’s not easy when you’re 2-0 up and against 10 men for you to maintain your concentration. We probably let that slip in the second half and against a strong side like Fiorentina you get punished for it.”

The Rossoneri will have to do without star striker Balotelli after he received a three-match ban for insulting the officials.

“Mario is fundamental for us and he can be compared to Ibrahimovic. Mario is someone who needs to be beaten up on the pitch, as it’s the only way to stop him. He’s a lovely lad and an exemplary professional, so I really have nothing bad to say about him.

“Stephan El Shaarawy is having a great season, even if he isn’t scoring as regularly as he did before. He has been phenomenal.”

Boateng has only netted two Serie A goals this season despite numerous attempts and claims his ever-changing position has a lot to do with that.

“I am physically fine and work hard every day, even if this season I’ve never been at peak fitness and I can’t explain why. It certainly isn’t easy to change position so often. For Coach Allegri my versatility is a good thing, but maybe it isn’t so good for me.”

Boateng gave a speech to the UN last month on racism in football, so was pleased to hear UEFA threaten harder punishment for clubs.

“I did everything I could to educate people on the problem of racism. I find it only right that strong action is taken.”