Monday 02 July 2012

Man City stars to clash in Euro 2012 final

Italy forward Mario Balotelli goes up against club team-mate David Silva of Spain in Kiev

  • Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli scored twice in Italy's semi-final with Germany

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli says he is looking forward to coming up against his team-mate David Silva in the UEFA Euro 2012 final in Kiev on Sunday.

Italy forward Balotelli scored both goals as they beat Germany 2-1 in the semi-finals to take his tally to three in the tournament and set up a final clash with Silva's Spain.

The two nations played a 1-1 draw in the group stages and Balotelli said: "I know David very well. I played against him in the first game. It is going to be fun."

Balotelli is the joint top scorer in the competition but says he is more concerned about helping his side lift the trophy than winning the Golden Boot.

"If we win and I score, it will be amazing," he added. "If I don't score and we win it will still be amazing.

"We won the League at Manchester City so having a good season for me doesn't depend on winning the Euros"
- Mario Balotelli

"I am really happy at the moment and on Sunday I hope I will be even happier.

"We are in the final. We are one of the two best teams in the tournament. We have to go there and play to win.

"We won the League at Manchester City so having a good season for me doesn't depend on winning the Euros.

"If we don't win it, it wouldn't spoil the other things but it would be special."

Silva has started every match for Spain at UEFA Euro 2012 and is joined in the squad by fellow Barclays Premier League stars Juan Mata and Fernando Torres of Chelsea and Liverpool's Pepe Reina.

The City midfielder expects the defending champions to face a tough battle against Balotelli's Italy, adding: "There's no doubt that Italy are extremely tough opponents, but when you reach a final that's to be expected.

"We've played Portugal and France - two top-class teams - and we managed to overcome them both. The objective has obviously not changed, and our confidence is as high as it’s ever been."

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Key Points

  • Man City stars Mario Balotelli and David Silva will be on opposite sides in Euro final
  • Balotelli scored both goals in Italy's 2-1 semi-final victory over Germany
  • Silva says confidence is high in Spanish side, who are defending champions