Mancini cautions Balotelli to control temper to unlock full potential
Roberto Mancini might still not be the boss of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, but the father-son relationship the duo has enjoyed has authorized the Italian manager to given the former Manchester City forward to give words of advice every now and then. Only recently Mancini advised Balotelli to keep his temper in check or he won’t able to realize his full potential.
Mancini, who managed Balotelli during spells at Inter Milan and Manchester City, has been a father figure to the young Italy international since his early days in football. However, Balotelli’s impulsive and juvenile habits forced Mancini to sell Balotelli to his beloved club AC Milan in January before getting sacked from Manchester City.
Since his return to the Serie A, the 23-year-old has proven himself to be a top notch talent. However, the striker has waded into hot water once again. Balotelli recently received a three-game ban for insulting and intimidating the match referee in a 2-1 defeat to Napoli, a match in which Balotelli also missed the first penalty kick of his football career.
“There is only one way to end this and that is for Mario to learn to resist those anger attacks," Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport. He must break that spiral. If word spread that he no longer reacted to that, then he would not be a target.
“All the defenders in the world know that it only takes two kicks to see him (Balotelli) lose his mind and hence, they do that. In England I had to have words with some of the players that marked him.
“That happened on occasions where they were clearly provoking him. But more or less, everyone tries to have him sent off.”
Mancini supports the method AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri is using to handle Balotelli, but has cautioned the San Siro boss that the hot-headed striker is has been a fiery character from birth.
“I think Allegri is doing a good job, but it is not easy to coach Mario because when he is not blinded by anger, he is able to listen patiently to reprimands and then promises that he will not make the same mistake again,” Mancini added.
“He is sincere but as soon as there is another outburst, you are back to square one.”