Mario Balotelli could become a “pain in the a**e” for England
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini knows that his young Italian striker Mario Balotelli can become a huge pain in the neck for his opponents. Sadly, Mario Balotelli can also become a strong reason for frustration to his own team. In spite of this, Roberto Mancini has backed 21-year-old gun to give in a good performance England on Sunday.
Roberto Mancini knows better than any other of how big “a pain in the a**e” Mario Balotelli can become. Nonetheless, the former Inter Milan manager has advised the Italy manager Cesare Prandelli to feature Mario Balotelli in Italy’s first team.
The Italian manager of Eastlands, Roberto Mancini believes Mario Balotelli holds the key to Italy’s victory against England at the Euro 2012 quarterfinal. Speculation is rife whether Cesare Prandelli will field Mario Balotelli in Italy’s first team against England in Kiev this weekend.
It is believed Mario Balotelli had a bust up with the Italy manager Cesare Prandelli, which placed the former Inter Milan player on the bench against a group stage match against the Republic of Ireland.
Later in the game Mario Balotelli was asked to step on the field. The notorious striker ended up scoring a goal and taunting his manager in celebration before his teammates stepped into stop his madness.
“Mario, I wish you the best, but please score a goal without hysteria next time,” Roberto Mancini advised Mario Balotelli. “I suggest to him to play as he knows and not to be such a pain in the a**e with the coach.
“But he has to play. No-one else could give England the same problems. Prandelli is doing terrific work, but he has to rely on Mario. He is too important, you could not leave him on the bench. Mario should always play. He is the best and, with him, the national team is much stronger.”
Roberto Mancini also talked about Mario Balotelli’s goal for Italy against the Republic of Ireland.
“If you look at the other day, he came on, made an impact and scored a splendid goal,” Roberto Mancini said. “I don’t want to steal Prandelli’s job because he is doing very well, but I consider Mario the best Italian striker. Mario is a champion and champions help you to win things.”
Mario Balotelli will have to deal with an in-form English defense if he wants to score on Sunday. England centre backs John Terry and Joleon Lescott have been good form along with right back Glenn Johnson and left back Ashley Cole.
Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker have been of great assistance to the English defense. Therefore, Mario Balotelli, who has played against most English players in the English Premier League, will have tough opposition on Sunday.