Balotelli backs Monaco ahead of PSG in title tussle
PARIS: Mario Balotelli says Manchester City’s mid-week slayers Monaco have the stars and the spirit to edge a reeling Paris Saint Germain in a tight French title race.
With nine games to go it is a three-way tussle between Balotelli’s Nice, PSG and Monaco, with the latter underlining their rich promise by ejecting Pep Guardiola’s City in the Champions League last 16.
Free-scoring Monaco are top with 68 points, with PSG on 65 points and Nice 63 points.
Monaco travel north to Caen tomorrow, the same day PSG face a showdown with fourth-placed Lyon in Paris.
“Paris Saint Germain have phenomenal players but no team, while Monaco have one phenomenal player in Falcao and then a strong group with great team spirit,” Italian striker Balotelli told RMC sport radio on Wednesday.
His Nice team, who go to Nantes today, were the league pacesetters and even though they have fallen to third Balotelli predicts a great future.
Balotelli will sit out the last game of his latest suspension.
His dig at PSG could prove prophetic as the capital club face a Lyon side in a real purple patch at the Parc des Princes.
Alexandre Lacazette failed to make Didier Deschamps’ France squad this week but he has 22 league goals this season.
PSG are still trying to regalvanise themselves after a gutwrenching collapse at Barcelona a week ago sent a shockwave through the club.
The Parisian daily newspaper asked on Thursday if it was time to strip Thiago Silva of the captaincy and hand it to Edinson Cavani, their stand-out player so far this season with 38 goals in 38 games.
Monaco have scored an astronomical 84 goals in the league with 18-year-old prodigy Kylian Mbappe notching 11 in his last 11, earning a call-up for France.
Nantes v Nice, Angers v Guingamp, Bordeaux v Montpellier, Nancy v Lorient, Toulouse v Rennes;
Caen v Monaco, Dijon v St Etienne, PSG v Lyon. AFP