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Balotelli: I’ve never beaten a Spanish team so beating Atletico Madrid would be a good start

by Tom Conn | Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

AC Milan striker, Mario Balotelli admitted he has never beaten a Spanish club in his career and would like for his first to be against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, while also stressing that he would play in goal if it meant winning the coveted trophy.


In his pre-match press conference, Balotelli spoke about this upcoming match and the influence of new manager Clarence Seedorf.

“Last year I suffered from the stands, now I’m happy to be playing in the Champions League.

“I’ve never scored against Spain or Spanish teams, nor have I ever won.  I hope to start tomorrow against Atletico Madrid.

“My objective for tomorrow is the same as always: to do whatever I can to help the team win. I want to prove that I can help the team win.  This is my philosophy that I take with me into every competition. I can’t promise you’ll see the best Milan of the season, but we’ll be united.

“I’m very self-critical and I get angry when you (the journalists) criticise me because I’ve already done it myself.

“Maybe I’ve not scored in the knockout stages yet, but I’ve not had much of a chance really, have I? I’m a centre forward, but if to win the Champions League I’ve got to play in goal, then I’ll play in goal.”

Balotelli then spoke about new manager, Clarence Seedorf and what he’s taken from the Dutchman in his first several weeks at the helm of AC Milan.

“Clarence is still a footballer, he’s like a teammate.  He speaks with us a lot and gives us the freedom to express our opinion.  With him, things are easier and the level of football is calmer.  To me, he’s like a brother.  If I say like a father he may get offended…”

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