More to come from Balotelli – Mancini
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.