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Mario Balotelli Thrives In New-look Azzurri

Paddy Agnew’s Notes from Italy: Balotelli thrives in new-look Azzurri

One participant, above all, has dominated the daybreak of the brand new period of Roberto Mancini as Italy coach, specifically Mario Balotelli, in fact. From the second he was formally confirmed as new CT in late Might, Mancini had made no secret of his intention to recall the Good striker, out of the nationwide crew since 2014.

Balotelli repaid the favour by scoring the primary aim of the Mancini period of their opening, 2-1 win pleasant win in St. Gallen, Switzerland in opposition to World Cup finalists, Saudi Arabia. The Good striker performed nicely not solely in opposition to Saudi Arabia but in addition in Italy’s subsequent sport, a decisive Three-1 loss to France in his “dwelling” stadium of Good.

Arguably, nonetheless, Balotelli’s greatest second within the ten days of the Courageous New World of Mancini got here at a press convention within the Federation Coaching Centre of Coverciano. Right here the his phrases struck a surprisingly balanced and smart tone for a participant who, prior to now, was something however both balanced or smart. 

Requested about racism and integration, Balotelli, a participant who has typically been the sufferer of racist abuse prior to now, mentioned: “To talk about those that don’t perceive you is tougher than to talk about racism, that’s too sophisticated. I skilled it after I was small. I don’t know whether it is racism or jealousy however it hurts and it’s annoying. Nonetheless it’s time that Italy turned like so many different international locations and realized to combine individuals who come from exterior the nation, as they do in France and England for instance.”

Requested if it will symbolize a robust image if he was named captain of the nationwide crew, he replied: “It might not change that a lot for me myself… however for me to put on might nonetheless be an necessary image for all these migrants who arrive in Italy and see a man like me, of African origins, as captain of the nationwide crew. Thoughts you, my job is to attain targets and make myself helpful to the squad.”

Seems like a brand new Mario, no?

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