Carlo Ancelotti: Sooner or later Liverpool striker will succeed

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti backs under-fire Mario Balotelli

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Mario Balotelli will succeed sooner or later, according to Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italy international has come under pressure since his £12m move to Anfield from AC Milan in the summer, failing to score in the Premier League this season.

Balotelli netted a reasonable 20 strikes in 54 top-flight appearances during a two-and-a-half year spell at Manchester City before returning to Italy in 2013.

And Ancelotti backed Balotelli to improve, revealing that he tried to sign the 24-year-old striker during his Paris Saint-Germain reign.

“He [Balotelli] has to find a place to feel at ease. Sooner or later he will succeed, but it depends on him – heaven helps those who help themselves,” Ancelotti told La Repubblica.

“Would I sign him? I was trying to at Paris Saint-Germain. He was coming off the back of an impressive European Championship.

“Then the opportunity for Ibrahimovic presented itself and we went more on the safe side.”

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