Mario can be better than Torres – Mancini

Mancini completed a swoop for Balotelli from his former club Inter
Milan earlier this month after City’s interest in Torres had been
rebuked. Balotelli, who signed a five-year deal, made an immediate
impact for City when he scored the winner on his debut in the
club’s 1-0 Europa League play-off first leg win over Romanian side
Timisoara last week. And with the 20-year-old in line to make his
first Premier League appearance against the Reds on Monday evening,
Mancini is confident he has a young player who will make his mark
on the English game. “I think that Balotelli could be as good as
Torres and even better than him,” Mancini said. “That’s because
Torres can only play as a striker. Balotelli can play as a striker
and as a winger. He has a different attitude from Torres. “But what
is sure is that we are talking about two fantastic players.”
Balotelli is expected to be fit for tonight’s match at Eastlands
after injuring himself in the match against Timisoara and Mancini
warned: “The defenders do not know much about him but they will see
he can change everything about a game. “I saw him four years ago
when I was at Inter Milan. He was 16 or 17. “It was the last five
games of the Serie A championship. We had (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic
injured and we played Mario inside and he played like someone who
was 30 years old. “That’s because he has good technique, he has
everything. Yes, he is a good signing for us.”