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Italy Coach Explains Balotelli Snub

Italy Coach Explains Balotelli Snub

By SL International - Mar 21, 2018 10:27 AM

Mario Balotelli has netted 22 goals for OGC Nice this season but was left out of the recent Italy squad, and Azzurri coach Luigi Di Biagio has explained why the striker was left out.

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The 27-year-old has been a vital performer for the Ligue 1 side this season, scoring 22 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions.

However, Balotelli was omitted from the squad, with with uncapped duo Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa getting call-ups instead.

"Numbers and goals are important for forwards but they have to be linked to a certain type of performance,' Di Biagio told reporters, according to the Daily Mirror.
 
"I have looked, judged and decided... I will continue to follow him and we will see what he does in the next few months."
 
Italy will face England and Germany during the international break this week.
 
 
Do you think Balotelli should have been called up to the national side? Have your say in the comment section below.


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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Mar 22, 2018 09:46 AM
Maybe the coach is building new team
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Mar 22, 2018 03:32 AM
He deserve a call up indeed!
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Mar 21, 2018 03:59 PM
@mbheduyajika kkkk broer imagin if zidane,thuram,desailly,joukaef f represented their country of orgin?even pele&eusebius
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mbheduyajika Mar 21, 2018 03:00 PM
@ZZ2 vs Papa charles there are many reasons why african countries opt to play for their adopted countries. wena would you play for your birthcountry that you fleed because of wars and political conflicts?
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Mar 21, 2018 02:11 PM
i lyk italian coach cos african r rejecting their country of orgin y he dd opt 4 ghana?
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Myaka weliPhefeni Mar 21, 2018 02:03 PM
Aubemeyang saw this uerop countries hw they treat other black players and he choose Gabon
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Zakes2324 Mar 21, 2018 01:27 PM
Wat more do u need from Super Mario,I smell hatred here
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Ben_Stokes_101 Mar 21, 2018 01:12 PM
Eish Mario..
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moroja Joined: 15 Apr 2017
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moroja Mar 21, 2018 12:00 PM
This coach is a racist What do you want I'm the striker Goals. Motivated by racist
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Madredz Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Madredz Mar 21, 2018 11:29 AM
I think he should have been called. What do you think editor?
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KingKosi Joined: 06 Mar 2018
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KingKosi Mar 21, 2018 11:23 AM
For Italy he in incomparable and very difficult to replace. The sooner the politics stop the better for Italy, Mario nd all of us his fans all over the world. Go Mario!!!
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MalumeFumani Mar 21, 2018 10:44 AM
He deserves a call-up. I remembered when he destroy Germany at the euro12

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