Mario still in love with City
- 01 September 2013 09:45
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
You can take the man out of the city, but you can’t take the Man City out of Mario Balotelli, it seems.
Whether Mario ever finds the kind of adulation he received when he wore sky blue remains to be seen, but he clearly retains a great deal of affection for City, as Simon Mullock in the Sunday Mirror highlights.
He writes: “Mario Balotelli has set his sights on facing Manchester City – as he looks to eclipse Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the best player in Europe.
“Balotelli is dreaming of a Champions League showdown against City with AC Milan this season after returning to Italy in a £20m deal last January, following a rollercoaster two-and-a-half years at the Etihad.
“First, Milan must come through a group that also includes Barcelona, Celtic and Ajax, after being kept away from Manchester's Blues in last week’s draw.
“But Balotelli said: 'It is a dream to play against Manchester City in Europe. I had a good time there – and had a lot of success there.
I still have friends in Manchester and I would like to go back and say hello to the fans that were so good to me
‘There is never an easy group, but it is a much better group for City than they have had for the last two seasons and I expect them to qualify.’”
Mario will, of course, always be welcome back.
On to yesterday’s 2-0 win over Hull City and Tim Rich’s report in the Independent on Sunday is typical of most of the reviews – many of which would close a show on Broadway after just one night!
Dazzling it wasn’t, but three points elevated City back towards the top. Rich believes it’s early days, but expects more of the Blues.
He writes: "Manchester City managed to be both sluggish and skittish and Hull might have scored twice before the interval.
"They did not and what followed was inevitable. The most famous half-time at the Etihad had seen Hull's then manager, Phil Brown, keep his side on the pitch, 4-0 down, and lecture them in public. Now, it was Pellegrini who had the thinking and talking to do. When the teams walked off, it had been to a smatter of jeers.
"He responded by removing Edin Dzeko and replacing him with one of his own signings, Alvaro Negredo, who almost immediately produced one of the worst headers the Etihad could have seen from a recognised striker. It was not typical.
"What gave Negredo the edge for Seville in La Liga was his ability in the air. He had already scored twice in as many games, although the one against Newcastle had been ruled out, probably wrongly. Now came a fabulous deep cross from Pablo Zabaleta and the header was worthy of the delivery."
More media coverage on the Blues tomorrow...