AL BE KING OF KICKS – NOT MARIO

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 -

ALEK­SANDER KO­LAROV has been told to keep ar­gu­ing with Man City pal Mario Balotelli.

Ko­larov is emerg­ing as City’s set-piece spe­cial­ist – much to mad­cap Mario’s frus­tra­tion.

The Ser­bian’s stun­ning free-kick set Roberto Mancini’s troops on their way to a 3-0 win over Sun­der­land last Satur­day.

Ko­larov took the shot af­ter words were ex­changed with Balotelli, who was also keen to have a crack.

But City coach David Platt be­lieves Ko­larov should keep fight­ing his cor­ner – and tell Balotelli who’s boss.

Platt said: “Ally de­serves the goals he has got in the last few weeks from set-pieces.

“He re­li­giously, three times a week, stays out in train­ing for 10 min­utes ex­tra and keeps putting them in.

“Ask keeper Richard Wright – he has got a bad back from pick­ing them out of the goal!

“Ally has put a lot of work in on his free-kicks so he de­serves the goals.”

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