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Ibra Backing For Balotelli

Ibra Backing For Balotelli

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29 / / Jan 03, 2013 11:48 AM
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Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Mario Balotelli could still yet play a key role in Manchester City's title defence.

The duo were Inter Milan teammates from 2007-2009, with Ibrahimovic full of respect for the Italian, who has netted a modest three goals in 15 outings this season.

"If you ever spend any time with Mario then you love Mario," Ibrahimovic told the Daily Mail.

"Even though he is not always the easiest player for the coach to manage, speak to any of his old coaches like Jose [Mourinho] and they will tell you when you work with Mario you always have a smile on your face.

"He is a special player and a special talent. When Mario plays like he can he will hurt any team in the world.

"Manchester City are already a way behind Manchester United in the Premier League – but if any player can retain the title for them it is Mario.

"All the class that Manchester City have I would still say Mario is the most capable."

The Swede added that Balotelli needs to feel appreciated to hit top form.

"I tried to help Mario because it is true he does sometimes make decisions in the moment – but that is his personality," said the former Barcelona hitman.

"Roberto will know the same as me that the way to get the best out of Mario is to love him.

"That is what he will react best to – and if they can get Mario playing at his best then Manchester City still have a big chance."

City trail Premier League leaders Manchester United by seven points after 21 games.

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Njiva4lyf571 Level 1
They don't call him Super Mario for nothing!

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Ibhova Level 1
Mr Editor is very slow,so hz gonna put dis story 2moro wen dis happened today in de mng,Balotelli mus be released frm his contract,dats de only solution City mus do,how can he hold his manager like dat???

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terrorsquad Level 1
Ayi guys I 1st thought u were playing with our drunkard editor we seriously need 2 do something... Editor Mancini is dying wake up plz

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Mandridster_United Level 2
Ja, I also saw the Mario pics. Apparently Mario made a dangerous tackle on Sinclair and when Mancini tried to talk to him about it things got heated. I wonder if Ibra still thinks Mario brings a smile to every coach's face.

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anti-gordon Level 1
super mario!!!

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Simelane90sifiso Level 1
Balotteli seriously muured mancini come on editor go investigate and come back inform us maan

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Ibhova Level 1
Jus saw de pictures of Super Mario takin on Mancini @ SkySports News,this tym around I think he hv gone too far,if Tevez was banned n fined for refusiin to warm up den Balotelli mus be released from his contract seriously,dis Balotelli guy is sumthin else!!!

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Maluti A Lesotho Level 4
Mario en Mancini news wil appear on 2mr's article @ 10:00am. Our editor needs extra holidays he is still 100% drunk, dats why he is too slowly

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LEEROY246 Level 3
@mandridster_united lol dats nt sumthn 2 tl u own peers-bt aparently baloteli has jst dne m0r dn tokn...as felow blogers sae,he was involvd in a bust up wth mancini nd aparently lft da training ground bt briefly stpd at da gate 2 mk tym 2 sign autographs 4 adoring fans.-...why alwaes hm.

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Escoba4 Level 1
soccer LADUMA PLS GIVE PEOPLE BREAKING NEWS LIKE THE BUST UP BETWEEN MARIO N MANCINI. YOU GUYS ARE POOR DAMN

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fentse ashley nkoana Level 1
baloteli and mancini involvd in a trainng ground bust up

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El_kasico Level 3
Tltltltl! U waz sayin ibra? Mario jus klapd mancini, i dnt think he will b playin much of a /championship winning role/ if u ask me!

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excelldinho Level 2
Super mario plays like Dzeko bt a much improve version,he is a great player no doubt,chelsea should hv bought this boy instead of Ba

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Dr Boom Level 1
Mario just fought with Mancini in a physical fight...PHEW!

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Maluti A Lesotho Level 4
Mario Balotelli & Roberto Mancini 'training ground bust- up' Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli appears to have been involved in a training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini. A picture agency has released photographs it says were taken on Thursday morning of the pair having to be separated by staff and team-mates at Carrington training ground. Frm BBC news

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Mandridster_United Level 2
Zlatan is one of my favourite players, but the man can talk, tjo. @LEEROY, a few weeks ago a half-time, Ibra walked into the dressing room and told his team-mates that they all play nonsense and his two son play better than them. So, ja, I think some of them migh be afraid of him.

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LEEROY246 Level 3
Ibra is also a dificult player 2 manage...i realy thnk even hs own team-mates ar scard of hm.yes mario is a rare talent-bt he is nt workin hard 2 improve on da field.he reali nids 2 b m0r mature nd take hs ftbol c.riusly......al he wil join riquelma n adaz as playerz who cud hv bn great playerz bt did nt reach their ful potential

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makehleniwanda Level 1
Zlatan loves his media light

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fasta01 Level 1
the 2nd manchester derby will decide everything,i cant w8

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andile59 Level 1
ibra iz ryt mario wll bounce bck

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