Balotelli can decide matches like Messi: De Boer

Milan: The Ajax boss feels the Italy star can get his team results on his own, but he is confident of getting a result against Milan if his team can maintain the right attitude.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer says AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli can decide matches for his team in a similar manner to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The Argentine netted a hat-trick during the Blaugrana`s 4-0 rout of the Dutch giants in their first Champions League match of this season a fortnight ago.

And, ahead of their meeting with the Rossoneri, De Boer has warned his troops that Balotelli can have the same impact.

"Messi is a player that can decide a match and with Balotelli it`s the same," the 43-year-old said at a press conference.

"Balotelli is a fantastic player and next to him are players who can also make the difference. Milan have three very strong forwards and and a good midfield."

Despite Milan being favourites to win the match, the Ajax coach is confident his side can gain something against Massimiliano Allegri`s men if they maintain focus for the whole game.

"But I am positive, I think that if we remain focused for 90 minutes we can get a good result here," he continued.

"We will go into the match with a positive attitude. We do not have a team that can hang back and play on the counter but they do.

"The most important thing is that we try to take three points."