The former Italy international advises the striker to concentrate on his game and continuing to hit the net, while also predicting a golden age for the Italian national teamEXCLUSIVE
By Alex Labidou
Italian defender Alessandro Nesta has urged Mario Balotelli to focus on doing the job that matters for the national side – scoring goals.
The temperamental Manchester City striker showed flashes of his dazzling potential during Euro 2012 this summer, finishing the tournament with three goals.
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And Nesta, who retired from the international set-up in 2008 has advised Balotelli to hone his competitive instincts into simply providing a source of goals for the side.
Nesta, now plying his trade for Canadian side, Montreal Impact, told Goal.com: "All Balotelli has to worry about is scoring goals.
"That’s his job and that’s what he must concern himself with, not carry the offense. Attacking is the responsibility of the entire team, he just has to bury his chances when he gets them."
The Azzurri were the surprise package in Poland and Ukraine, defying pre-tournament ill-feeling to reach the final, where they were humbled 4-0 by Spain.
And Nesta believes that, given time to gel, a young Italian outfit can be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.
"Every few years, a new crop of players comes out for a national team and dominates for a little while," he added. "Spain is in that situation now.
“But Italy is young and with some time to gel, can continue progressing from its runner-up position at the Euros this year."