Mario Balotelli has blasted big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and claims they are “not a team” despite their huge outlay.
The Nice striker and his team-mates face the Ligue 1 leaders this afternoon.
Bu the ex-Manchester City and Liverpool ace took a swipe at the giants ahead of the clash by insisting that fixture does not hold any extra significance despite their star-studded squad.
Speaking to Canal+, the 27-year-old said: “Paris are like Guingamp, they’re a Ligue 1 team.
“I don’t care if it’s PSG. It doesn’t make any difference.
“This season I have never watched PSG, only the last game against Real Madrid.
“They deserved to lose.”
PSG, who are 14 points clear at the top, have made headlines around the globe due to their lavish spending.
The most notable arrival was the world-record £198m move that brought Neymar to the club from Barcelona.
But Balotelli insists there is more to football than just assembling an expensive squad.
The Italian said: “Money allows you to buy big players, but not a team.”
Meanwhile, Balotelli has bagged 22 goals in 30 games for Nice this season.
And although he acknowledges his form has been impressive, he still believes he has more to give.
He added: “I think this has been one of the best seasons of my career.
“But I can do a lot more. I hope the best is yet to come.”