Mario Balotelli Not to Blame for Liverpool's Slump: Real Madrid Boss

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti feels Liverpool are suffering because of the exit of some key players and it is not fair to blame a misfiring Mario Balotelli alone. The two teams face off against each other in Champions League.

Updated: November 03, 2014 20:24 IST
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Mario Balotellii is yet to score a Premier League goal for Liverpool this season.


Madrid: Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti believes the criticism of underfire Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli following their poor start to the season has been over the top.

Balotelli is yet to score a Premier League goal for the Reds since making a £16 million ($25.6 million, 20.4 million euros) move from AC Milan in August and was widely lambasted for swapping shirts with Madrid defender Pepe with his side trailing 3-0 at half-time two weeks ago before being substituted at the break.

However, Ancelotti insisted Liverpool's problems were not solely down to his Italian compatriot and that he had no problems with his players swapping shirts at half-time.

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