Real Madrid’s Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti has stated that AC Milan’s controversial striker Mario Balotelli is unreliable and can't be relied upon to lead the Italy attack at this year’s World Cup in Brazil.
With the knee injury suffered by Fiorentina forward Guiseppe Rossi it looks most likely that Balotelli will lead the line for the Italians.
The Madrid boss though believes that the 23 year old striker cannot be relied on and that the temperamental goal-getter can be a liability for the Azzurri.
“Italy’s real problem is in attack, where they do not have any top players. We are waiting for Balotelli, but Balotelli is simply not consistent," he told Spanish radio station RNE.
“He is a great talent, but he can’t be relied upon and can leave you down to 10 men at any moment.”
Ancelotti then went on to discuss his thoughts on Italy’s chances at Brazil 2014.
"At the moment Italy are just behind Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Germany," he continued.
"Cesare Prandelli is trying to bring down the age of the squad, but his strength remains in the great midfield experience of Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi and Thiago Motta."