Super Mario “will never miss”
- 05 October 2012 08:45
- Posted by Mark Booth
Balotelli made it eight from eight for City when he converted his last minute spot kick against Dortmund and one of the questions in today’s media round-up is: will he ever miss?
There cannot be a more reliable penalty taker around and City fans were relieved to have him on the field when Subotic handled deep into Wednesday’s game.
Richard Tanner of the Daily Express pondered Mario’s gift in his column in today’s paper.
“[He] may have a long way to go before he is the finished article but when it comes to penalties there are few better, or cooler, from the spot,” it reads.
“Against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, he kept his nerve despite the importance of the occasion and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller’s attempts to put him off. Balotelli sent Weidenfeller the wrong way with a trademark dummy in his run-up to make it eight successes from eight attempts for City.”
One man who has the collector’s item that is a save from a Balotelli penalty is Joe Hart, albeit in training, and he revealed he would have put his life on Mario to score.
“Mario is never going to miss a penalty,” he said.
“I would put my life on him. He was cool and took it well. He handled the pressure. He always scores them.”
Joe Hart has been speaking about his unbelievable performance against Dortmund and admitted that it reminded him of being "peppered by your mates" while playing in the park,”
"I don't feel I do a great deal in a Man City shirt so when required I like to step up," Robin Scott-Elliot of the The Independent reports Joe saying.
"Was it my best performance for City? I don't know about that. All I know is it got us a point and keeps us in the running for this group. It all happened so quickly. I enjoyed it because I just love playing football. It was almost like being down at the park and being peppered by your mates."
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Didier Deschamps told journalists that the midfielder is still very much in his thinking but it is “not the right time for Samir to return”.
"I prefer to give it a little longer," Deschamps said. "But he can still be picked in the future."