Manchester City - Balotelli - The First of Many?
UK time is: 09:12:51
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Balotelli - The First of Many?

The name on everybody's lips in and around Eastlands produced a blistering mini-appearance in Timisoara last night and showed just why Roberto Mancini put his faith in bringing him to Manchester City.

With the scoreboard showing 0-0, City didn't look under any real threat from a lively home side at the Dan Paltinsanu Stadionul on a warm evening in Romania.

Clearly from the team set up City did not want to lose and early goal, but in the first half played narrow and didn't necessarily inspire up front where once again City found it hard to retain the ball.

Enter Mario Balotelli at half time and it was a totally different ball game.

Initially parading down the left Mario started to disturb defenders with his powerful running and showed the kind of bustling style that might have been missing since the days of Uwe Rosler.

And then from a slick move on the defensive left, he was handily placed in the box to finish off a sharp move and send the 200 Blues on the Tribuna Oaspeti into a frenzy.

Defenders tumbled like ninepins as Balotelli set about his business in a display of power and strength emphatically topped-off with an eye for goal.

Premier League defenders will not enjoy seeing this young man come on to the field.

There was considerable concern towards the end when he looked to have been clattered close to the home goal and the Flintstones-style golf buggy made it's second appearance of the night. He finished the match being treated behind the goal.

But he made it back to his feet and although with his knee lightly strapped was walking reasonably comfortably by the time City landed at Manchester in the early hours.

Although Balotelli started to make the difference in this match, the introduction on to the field of Adam Johnson also changed the complexion of the game. Running from wide out, the Poli back line struggled against his pace and crossing and it was miraculous that City only troubled the scoreboard operator once as the chances appeared.

More to come from Balotelli - for sure, but please let us see more of the wide options in stretching defenders and creating space for him to go about his work.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 20 2010

Time: 12:25PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
This one might actually be worth the millions you paid ......
COYS...!
Report Abuse
20/08/2010 12:29:00

Tell you what Coys, I didn't really fancy him coming to City at first but he looks as though he can make a real difference!
pedmachine
Report Abuse
20/08/2010 12:46:00

will end up... Just like Robinho, Just like Robinho, Just like Robinho, Just Like Robinho. Sing along!
simonbigron
Report Abuse
20/08/2010 13:41:00

We'd rather not simon! This lad's a brick out house, though. Anyroad, good luck with our old number 7!
Johnny Baguette
Report Abuse
20/08/2010 13:58:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Toronto 0-1 Manchester City (Thursday May 28 2015)

Toure & Toronto (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Audio - Pellegrini On Toure (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Infographic - Aguero In Alternate XI (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Jake's Southampton Report (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Aguero's Surprise Inclusion (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Toure Will See Out His Contract (Monday May 25 2015)

Lampard Talks City Time (Monday May 25 2015)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 530
2. Bluedub 283
3. Buzz Lightyear 217
4. Skoorb 193
5. citizhun 162
6. OziMan 142
7. Colin Is The King 128
8. CITYBOY1000 128
9. kennyclementstache 121
10. fifthcolumnblue 80

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 2 - 0 Southampton
Swansea 2 - 4 Man City
Man City 6 - 0 Q.P.R.
Spurs 0 - 1 Man City
Man City 3 - 2 Aston Villa
Man City 2 - 0 West Ham

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 38 26 9 3 +41 87
2. Man City 38 24 7 7 +45 79
3. Arsenal 38 22 9 7 +35 75
4. Man Utd 38 20 10 8 +25 70
5. Spurs 38 19 7 12 +5 64
6. Liverpool 38 18 8 12 +4 62
7. Southampton 38 18 6 14 +21 60

Breaking League News

Ospina or Szczesny - You Decide
Arsenal : 29/05/2015 09:09:00
The FA Cup Final Is Upon Us
Chelsea : 29/05/2015 09:02:00
Everton make moves for French teenager
Everton : 29/05/2015 09:00:01
Arsene Wenger is Wary Of Benteke Threat
Arsenal : 29/05/2015 08:54:00
Bamford Troubled by Ankle Woe
Chelsea : 29/05/2015 07:46:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which Was Your Favourite Win From City's 18 Point Bagging Run-in?
Suggested By:  Shaun Gloater
West Ham 2-0 7%
Villa 3-2 9%
Spurs 0-1 18%
QPR 6-0 4%
Swansea 2-4 40%
Southampton 2-0 22%