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Allegri compares Balotelli to Ibrahimovic

 Mario Balotelli of AC Milan (R) celebrates scoring the second goal during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and AC Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on March 8, 2013 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Mario Balotelli of AC Milan (R) celebrates scoring the second goal during the Serie A match against Genoa CFC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on March 8, 2013 in Genoa, Italy. (Getty Images)

Milan, March 30 (IANS): AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri has compared Mario Balotelli to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and said the former Manchester City striker could still improve as a player.

Balotelli joined the Milan outfit from English club Manchester City in January and has scored seven goals in his first six games for the Serie A team.

“He’s similar to Ibrahimovic both physically and technically,” Allegri said Friday. “But he can get better because he’s playing with continuity here.

“Balotelli still has to improve a lot as a centre-forward given his potential, but he has all the right ingredients to do it.

“The important thing is that he keeps on playing for the team.”

Milan had a slow start to the season after selling Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain, as well as releasing a host of veterans.

“The squad is young and I’m happy with the work that the club has done,” Allegri, whose side lost five of their first eight League ties, added.

“If we get into the Champions League, without having to pre-qualify, it’ ll have been a good year. One thing is sure, if we’re to get where we want to be, we’ ll need a lot of points.”

Milan are currently third, two points behind Napoli.

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