The Serbian has revealed he had to persuade his team-mate to surrender set-piece duties prior to opening the scoring as Roberto Mancini's side ran out 3-0 winnersManchester City defender Aleksander Kolarov has revealed he had to fight off team-mate Mario Balotelli to take the fifth-minute free-kick with which he put his side ahead against Sunderland on Saturday.
It is not the first time that the two players have clashed over a set-piece, with an angry altercation occuring during the same fixture last season prior to a free-kick which Kolarov also scored.
However, the former Lazio player insisted the exchange with the Italian was less heated this time around.
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"So I said ‘maybe if I can take it, I will score’ and I scored – it was a normal conversation."
The 26-year-old was named man of the match for his contribution to the Premier League champions' 3-0 win over Martin O'Neill's side.