Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng insists he does not fear former teammate Mario Balotelli, ahead of a glamorous friendly at the San Siro this Friday.
The versatile defender is said to be determined to make things difficult for Balotelli when Italy go head-to-head with Germany on Friday.
The AC Milan forward scored twice in the Euro 2012 semi-final, which lead to Germany being knocked out of the competition.
Yet the former City defender believes he has enough about him to stop the forward this time. Speaking with Bild, the German said: "He eliminated us at Euro 2012 but that does not mean that I fear him.
"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."
Balotelli has been in impressive form since his January switch to Milan. In total the player has played a combined 26 games for the Italian giants, scoring 17 goals in the process.
Boateng will have to be in fine form to stop the Italians attack as they look to extend their unbeaten run over their European rivals.
Italy have never lost to Germany since they first met back in Euro '96.
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