Favre: Balotelli can be a top player again

Mario Balotelli tries to beat a AS Monaco defender. Picture credit: Nice official twitter handle

Mario Balotelli tries to run past a AS Monaco defender. Picture credit: Nice official twitter handle

Slowly Mario Balotelli has regained his scoring touch and just yesterday his goals propelled Nice back to the top of the Ligue 1 log prompting manager Lucien Favre to tip the Italian to return to his best.

The 26-year-old marked his debut in French football with a brace against Marseille and followed that up with a further two goals against AS Monaco last night as Nice reclaimed top spot from defending champions Paris Saint German.

Surprisingly, Balotelli’s tally of four goals in two games this campaign is more than he had scored in two previous seasons combined which has gladdened the heart of Favre.

“The goal for 2-0 is very important. Psychologically, it really gives confidence. We know we have the margin,” he told a news conference after his team beat Monaco 4-0.

“With Mario, we know there is still a lot of work in the movement to play with the team.

“His goal for 2-0, the angle was hard, the goalkeeper is good. He must continue like this.

“He becomes aware that he will return to the top level if he is professional. After difficult years for him, the recovery will be the key to return to the top.

“Gradually, we will try to help him become stronger. Four goals in the first two Ligue 1 matches? No, I wasn’t expecting that.”

With teammates like Younes Belhanda and Ricardo Pereira, Balotelli is destined to produce more goals if he doesn’t self-destruct.