Time For Super Mario To Worry
10 December 2012
Mario Balotelli seems to be running out of chances at Manchester City, after manager Roberto Mancini warned the striker to start “worrying about his job.”
Balotelli was entrusted with attacking Manchester United’s dicey defence in the derby over the weekend.
But he was withdrawn with City trailing 2-0 after a performance which was neither here nor there, and Mancini appears to have grown frustrated with his unpredictable compatriot.
In seasons past, it was ‘Super’ Mario’s attitude and behaviour that vexed Mancini.
But now, troublingly for the young hit-man, it is his below-par form which has seen him fall out of favour with City’s baffled gaffer.
And with the Premier League’s richest club now openly eyeing a string of high-profile January transfer targets, Mancini says it is now time for Balotelli to come to the party.
"I love Mario but it is important for him to start to think about his job,” Mancini said after Sunday’s feisty derby ended with City licking their wounds.
"He has everything to play well but he can't continue to play like today. We wanted more from him.
"When you have a player that has Mario's quality, you cannot understand why he continues to throw it out of the window. It is incredible.
"I have seen players in my life with fantastic quality. But in the end, they did nothing. I don't want Mario to finish like these players. It would be bad for him."
Meanwhile, hindsight emphatically proves that Mancini was wrong to bench former United cult hero Carlos Tevez for misfiring Mario. But the Italian defended his rationale for the decision.
"It is easy to say after the game. I thought Mario could create problems for them,” he said.
“He is young and runs quickly - when you decide before the game this is what you think."