‘Balotelli reminds me of Totti’

Olympique Marseille boss Rudi Garcia claims he sees ‘a bit of Francesco Totti’ in Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli only joined Marseille from Ligue 1 rivals Nice last month but has already made an impression, scoring twice in his first three appearances for Garcia’s side.

“Keeping things in proportion, I see a bit of Totti in Balotelli’s ability to read the game,” the former Roma boss told Il Tempo.

“He can give us something different: he plays well with the team and has integrated quickly.

“He can defend lots of balls and has good vision. We knew he’d be a good teammate and we had confirmation of that before he arrived.

“He has quality and he’s happy with us too.”