AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia is looking forward to their test against AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

Benatia is shocked by Milan's dismal season so far.

"It is strange to see the Rossoneri 19 points behind us in the Serie A table," Benatia told Il Tempo newspaper.

"They have been struggling for a while, but now they have gone through to the Champions League knockouts and we must respect them, because it is still Milan.

"It is going to be a battle and we need to play like Roma, with hunger and tempo. That will make it difficult for them."

On Balotelli added: "It's a shame he often gets provoked and people say he's a bad guy. He can relax with me: I won't need to say any nasty words to mark him."

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