Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
PARMA

Soccer: Prandelli says time for Balotelli to show maturity

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Parma, November 14 - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli
said Wednesday that it is time for Mario Balotelli to prove he
is a mature player and not just a fine potential talent.
Balotelli's career has been dogged by indiscipline, rows
with coaches and some bizarre off-field antics and the patience
of his boss at Manchester City has reportedly run out.
The 22-year-old has had limited playing time for the
English champions so far this term and he did not even make the
substitutes' bench for City's 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in
the English Premier League last weekend.
"The time has come for Mario Balotelli to show to everyone
that he's a mature footballer," Prandelli told Rai television
ahead of Wednesday's friendly against France in Parma.
Balotelli is set to lead Italy's attack against the French
alongside AC Milan's in-form 20-year-old forward Stephan El
Shaarawy.
While City are reportedly thinking of offloading Balotelli,
the player, who has Ghanaian roots, is at the centre of
Prandelli's plans.
He justified the Azzurri coach's faith in him at Euro 2012
by helping Italy reach the final of the tournament in Ukraine
and Poland with a stunning double in the 2-1 semi-final win over
Germany.
The player has also shown some of the footballing maturity
Prandelli has called for in recent performances with Italy, by
not reacting to fouls and provocation from opponents and helping
out his teammates in defence.
"I often say in jest that I'm the only one who manages to
handle Mario," added Prandelli. "Maybe it's because I don't have
him for long".
Prandelli said he was excited at the prospect of
Balotelli's partnership with El Shaarawy.
"They are a cocktail of power and creativity," he said.
"They have different qualities that can combine. They form an
attack that is very interesting for the future".

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