Good Friday? Not for Mario
- Fri 06 Apr 2012, 8:46AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey
First of all on behalf of everyone at Manchester City may I wish all fans who observe the current holiday a Happy Easter.
And that goes for Mario Balotelli too, though his Good Friday may not be the celebration enjoyed by others after the latest round of stories in the world's media.
The Italian’s self-confessed infidelity and some light-hearted comments from boss Roberto Mancini have given the media all they need this morning.
Such is Mario’s ability to help flog a few more acres of newsprint and deliever website hits that it is hard to find a City story in which he doesn’t make an appearance.
The Daily Star leads the way with its own A-Z of the world of Mario.
In the Guardian Jamie Jackson mentions Mancini’s joking suggestion that he would have punched Mario in the head if he had been his teammate but centres instead on the boss's wish that rest of the City squad do not try to manage the young striker.
And so it goes on with each of the stories having its own version of the ‘punch Mario’ quote from the City chief's pre-Arsenal press conference (you can catch up with part one here, and the embargoed part two tomorrow on mcfc.co.uk) and the player's minor bump in his car in Manchester yesterday.
Meanwhile, at the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger was able to concentrate on Sunday’s game and not one of his star names. "Both teams are in the same situation - a draw is not good enough," Wenger told his website’s Chris Harris.
"Man City could be eight points behind United at the start of the game. We will be in a situation where we want to win the game so it promises to be a very offensive match. In recent seasons, Man City came to Arsenal playing for the draw and I feel that this time both teams will go for the win.
"Man City have good potential and I believe personally that we are a different team now. We are more stable and it is a good opportunity to show it."
"I say on our side it is a 'want-win' game more than a must-win game. We love victory and we want to win. On the table side of course you want these three points.
"Man City are in a situation where they will have to win. They are in a position as well where one point is not good enough and that is why it will be a very exciting game. It is a game where everybody will give absolutely everything."