A scene from La Travestiata featuring Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini handbags
Who is going to be the composer of this opera? Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini were involved in a training ground spat when the manager incensed at the striker’s mistimed tackle on Scott Sinclair went after him. The latest edition in their contentious relationship which might end badly for both of them.
Last year, it nearly derailed their title winning charge. But Balotelli did make amends for all his previous transgressions with an off balance pass to Sergio Aguero for a last gasp goal against QPR to snatch the title away from Utd in history making theatrics. This year he’s been involved less and less as the season wears on and City need players to step up scoring since Carlos Tevez is less influential, Sergio Aguero is carrying an injury, and Edin Dzeko flits in and out of the bench. Yaya Toure will also be missed when the ACN begins.
On the other hand, Utd shows no signs of a let up and Chelsea continues to hover around. City’s owners have not made a big deal of Balotelli’s giant lark so far but they could have some serious re-thinking to do with the latest pubertal hiccough. He could go to PSG where Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears to be eager to mentor the troubled soul.