Mario Balotelli won't reach his full potential unless he learns some respect - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Italian fined by club for Europa League sending off

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini appears to be growing impatient with Mario Balotelli’s attitude after the Italian international once again found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, this time for a sending off in the Europa League.

Mancini was believed to have been livid with Balotelli’s behaviour during the Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev, a match that City won 1-0 thanks to an Aleksandar Kolarov strike, although the Citizens still went out 2-1 on aggregate, having lost the first leg 2-0 in Ukraine.

Balotelli has since been fined by the club for his conduct, and although his manager’s temper has cooled, he doubts that the talented forward will ever reach his full potential unless his attitude undergoes a serious change.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Mancini said: “He has everything to be the best player, not only in the Premier League, but in Europe. But now it depends on him.”

The Italian was asked if he believes the striker will sort himself out, and he replied: “I hope [so].”

"It is important, first of all for himself because he should have respect for himself, and after for the squad and for the people that believe in him."


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