Stadio Olimpico

Next Game

Torino v Sampdoria

Sunday, 01 February 2015, 14:00

Italian Serie A

Last Game

Sampdoria 1 - 1 Palermo

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 14:00

Italian Serie A

Serie A weekend preview

AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri believes Mario Balotelli could become a world-class player if he continues to impress on his return to Serie A.

Last Updated: 15/02/13 at 08:55 Post Comment

Mario Balotelli: Has impressed since his return to Serie A

Mario Balotelli: Has impressed since his return to Serie A

The 22-year-old has scored three goals in two games since returning to the San Siro but the vivacious striker is still not free of the off-field controversy that marred his two-year spell with Manchester City.

Balotelli will start against Parma on Friday night, given he is cup-tied for Milan's Champions League meeting with Barcelona next week, with his Italy team-mate Stephan El Shaarawy afforded a much-needed rest.

Allegri told acmilan.com: "Balotelli is a normal guy like all the other players. Maybe coming here to Milan, he's understood that he has to manage certain things better as he's at the centre of attention.

"He's training well here and he's treated like all the others. He has to get a bit smarter with the management of his personal life and that's what I advised him. I'm happy he's here both from a playing point of view and also as a person, judging from what I've seen over the last 10 days.

"He has all the right qualities and he wants to show that he can become a world class player and he can do that here."

Tenth-placed Parma, meanwhile, are looking for their first win of 2013 with Sampdoria and Torino eager to take their place in the top half of the table.

Samp visit second-placed Napoli at the San Paolo, where they have not claimed victory since 1998, while Torino are keen to avoid a vengeful Atalanta side who lost 5-1 to the Granata back in September.

Antonio Conte's Juventus return to action after beating Celtic 3-0 in the Champions League and the league leaders will hope to exploit a struggling Roma side who are without a win in six attempts.

Inter Milan might fancy their chances of beating Fiorentina for the fifth time in six meetings after returning to fourth place with victory over Siena last time out.

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the matters surrounding the construction of the Stadio Is Arenas, but his side leave the drama in Sardinia behind as relegation-threatened Pescara welcome Ivo Pulga's men to the Stadio Adriatico.

Lazio's trip to Siena takes place on Monday night due to capital club's Europa League commitments while bottom side Palermo face a tough battle for points at Chievo. The Sicilians have not scored in Verona since October 2006 when, bizarrely, current Chievo boss Eugenio Corini scored the only goal of a 1-0 victory.

Elsewhere, Genoa are unbeaten under new coach Davide Ballardini but upwardly-mobile Udinese pose a stern test at the Marassi with Catania looking to wrest back seventh place should they beat Bologna.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Premier League: Nigel Pearson insists his players must forget about their win against Manchester United

Nigel Pearson has been trying to make Leicester forget about their Manchester United win ever since they beat them 5-3.

Transfer news: Andre Schurrle nears Chelsea exit after agreeing personal terms with Wolfsburg

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is closing on a move back to Germany after agreeing to personal terms with Wolfsburg.

Premier League: Roberto Mancini could make a return to English football

Roberto Mancini has not ruled out a return to Manchester City in the future.

Mail Box

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company