UK time is: 16:11:11
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

This one might actually be worth the millions you paid ......
COYS...!
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
will end up... Just like Robinho, Just like Robinho, Just like Robinho, Just Like Robinho. Sing along!
simonbigron
We'd rather not simon! This lad's a brick out house, though. Anyroad, good luck with our old number 7!
Johnny Baguette
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester City Articles

Proving Your Point (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Jovetic Takes Chance To Impress (Monday July 28 2014)

City Not Feeling Charitable (Sunday July 27 2014)

City Win Meeting Of Champions (Thursday July 24 2014)

Negredo Undergoes Surgery (Wednesday July 23 2014)

U21 Game Cancelled - Club Statement (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Negredo Replacement Targeted (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Youngster Exits And Youngsters Exit! (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Negredo Busts His Metatarsal (Monday July 21 2014)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Buzz Lightyear 231
2. Bluedub 146
3. fifthcolumnblue 99
4. Skoorb 85
5. kennyclementstache 85
6. citizhun 82
7. rojo2010 71
8. Spooks 58
9. BamaEngineer 52
10. PhillyBlueMoon 47

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Hull City 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Man City 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Man Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Newcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Cavanda Attracting Sunderland Interest?
Sunderland : 30/07/2014 16:02:00
Villa XI To Visit Swindon
Aston Villa : 30/07/2014 15:42:00
Lukaku deal is done
Everton : 30/07/2014 14:59:00
Gamboa In Work Permit Problem
WBA : 30/07/2014 14:48:00
No Schneiderlin Transfer Request
Southampton : 30/07/2014 14:37:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Player of the Year?
Suggested By:  Site Staff
David Silva 8%
Pablo Zabaleta 42%
Edin Dzeko 5%
Yaya Toure 45%