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Italian says moody striker must improve

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has told Mario Balotelli to start smiling on the pitch.

The volatile striker cut a frustrated figure at Eastlands on Monday night in the 2-1 loss to Everton, and the Italian has told him to play with a smile on his face. The striker has shown flashes of his ability but has more often than not cut a forlorn figure on the pitch.

"He must improve in this situation," Mancini told reporters.

"You need to smile to play football. That is the best thing you can do."

Earlier this week Balotelli was crowned the world's best young player by an Italian newspaper, whereupon he declared he was second only to Lionel Messi. And while Mancini is happy for his striker to be confident, he needs to do his talking on the pitch.

Mancini added: "It is good when a player has confidence in himself.

"Mario Balotelli has everything you need to be one of the best players in the world.

"But he must improve and he must show it. Only if you play well in every game can you say these things. It depends on him.

"The Premier League is so different from the Italian league. Mario must understand. If he thinks what he says he must show it in every game."

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