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Harry Wades Into Mario But Could He Regret It?

Harry Wades Into Mario But Could He Regret It?

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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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday March 27 2011
Time: 8:40PM


he is right though lads, the guys an absolute douche bag
27/03/2011 20:59:00
Errm yes he will have the last laugh everything I've read today is about tottenham being beaten or caught up ok yes we are not going to make it in to champs league next year
27/03/2011 21:06:00
"He scores a goal" That's right 'Arry, more than any of your strikers. Plenty of "douche bags" in football Wills but if they do on the pitch what they are paid to do then who gives a flying.......
27/03/2011 21:07:00
Funny that gabidan, everything I've been reading has been saying City will be the team to miss out.
27/03/2011 21:21:00
Don't see what the problem is really,, 'Arry has a famously big gob and an opinion on everything, personally I agree with what he said about Balotelli (and it seems many City fans do too!). Wish we'd hear the end of this "everyone's against us" attitude though, you guys are in the luckiest position of any fans anywhere, yet we keep hearing how downtrodden you are,, why?? And if Harry was so wrong, why advise Mancini to repeat it to the player? Either way, think you'll make it into CL, and The Sulk mark II may well score vital goals in securing it,,
The Horses Mouth
27/03/2011 21:29:00
As an aside when does he ('Arry)get banged up?
27/03/2011 21:36:00
Doubt he'd get "banged up" for stealing a few grande from the tax man, although are rumoring that we're trying to line up Moyes for 2 months time,,, so maybe there's something in that,,,,, Good point by bluedub, maybe I could write an article on VS, "Which would we prefer, a miserable G!t who scores goals, or the smiling idiot Crouch who ONLY scores in a brothel?",,, ;-)
The Horses Mouth
27/03/2011 21:44:00
Whoever unlocks the puzzle of Mario Balotelli will be the rewarded with the best striker since Ronaldo (Brazilian). He has everything except the right attitude, if someone can get that out of the way he will be frightening. People talk about settling into the Premier League, the pace and so on. Here you have Balotelli moving from the slowest major league to the fastest, add on top of that repeated injuries and suspensions meaning no continuity... and he still has 10 goals in 18 games.
27/03/2011 22:21:00
The problem with a guy like balotelli is that he'll always earn £80+k/wk WITH the attitude, so he'll have as much money, girls fame etc as he can handle without ever needing the right attitude! Therein lies the true puzzle, how do make him WANT to drop the attitude and become the model Pro?
The Horses Mouth
27/03/2011 22:32:00
Well he himself has said he needs help and has asked the Italy manager to help him. A sports psychologist would be a good first step (well, second step now that he's admitted he has a problem).
27/03/2011 22:38:00
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