More to come from Balotelli – Mancini

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Sport football - MAN CITY:

Man­ager Roberto Mancini is ex­pect­ing a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion from Mario Balotelli this sea­son.

The con­tro­ver­sial striker came off the bench to in­spire the Blues to a 2-0 win over Ever­ton at the Eti­had Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Un­til his ar­rival af­ter an hour, City had been strug­gling to break down the Tof­feemen’s ob­du­rate de­fence.

But Balotelli brought re­newed fo­cus to City’s at­tack, scor­ing the opener, which flicked off Phil Jagielka, be­fore fel­low sub­sti­tute James Milner wrapped up the points late on. Far too of­ten in his short City ca­reer, Balotelli has been in the head­lines for all the wrong rea­sons.

“Mario can make a big con­tri­bu­tion this sea­son. I am sure of this,” said Mancini.

“His be­hav­iour has been so-so. But he is a good guy.

“He likes Manch­ester City. He likes English foot­ball.

“Some­times when he scores, he is un­happy. To­day he was re­ally happy. To­day he knew he scored an im­por­tant goal.”

It also proved Mancini cor­rect to in­tro­duce Balotelli ahead of Car­los Tevez, who re­mained on the bench through­out.

Balotelli has now scored in suc­ces­sive games, hav­ing opened his ac­count for the sea­son in Wed­nes­day’s Car­ling Cup win over Birm­ing­ham.

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