Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday March 27 2011
Crafty Spurs gaffer Harry Redknapp has had a rare old pop at hatstand City striker Mario Balotelli. But could the big Italian have the last laugh on the 10th of May?
Redknapp has become no stranger to talking Manchester City during these past two campaigns and his outspoken criticism of the 20 year old City player who is utterly on his arse following almost daily batterings in the Street of Shame signals something of a new Spurs offensive as 'The Race For Fourth' begins to hot up:
Redknapp said of his easy target on Sky Sports:
'He is miserable. He needs to learn to smile. He looks like he hates every minute of what he's doing. I've never seen anybody with that sort of attitude. It's frightening.
'I don't know if you can change him. He had problems at Inter Milan. I think the players there had issues with him over the way he behaved...It's just sad to see a guy, who is earning all that money and is doing something you should love doing, make it look like a chore. He scores a goal and he's got this look on his face - this arrogant look.'
Quite an offload about a rival club's player that he has yet to cross the path of. In an international break where Luka Modric has declared that Tottenham are a superior side to The Citizens, the North London gloves are certainly coming off.
One of the big questions doing the rounds amongst a frustrated City faithful this past week has been whether or not Balotelli can turn his increasingly titanic resembling career in England around?
We've seen wayward players pull off phoenix from the flames comebacks before. Could Balotelli yet focus his brilliant talent and have a say in the 2010-2011 'end game?'
The next step for Roberto Mancini at Carrington might well be for him to sit down the striker he has put so much faith in and run Redknapp's comments by him.
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Date:Sunday March 27 2011
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