Spain defender Gerard Pique is well aware of the threat provided by Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

The Manchester City firebrand will take on the reigning European champions in their group opener at Euro2012 on Sunday and Barcelona's Pique knows he will be plenty to handle.

"We will have to keep a very close eye on him," Pique said. "Balotelli is a player that can win you a game.

"He is a player that can take the ball and score when you least expect it."

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