Vieira on Balotelli
- Sat 23 Jun 2012, 8:22AM
- Posted by Chris Eccles
Patrick Vieira has been talking frankly and warmly about his ‘little brother ‘Mario Balotelli, a player he has known since his days as a young academy player at Inter.
Ahead of the England v Italy quarter-final clash on Sunday, Vieira told The Telegraph that Mario is a ‘lovely guy’ and that the time has come for him to focus on his football. The City club ambassador opined,
“Mario will be 22 in August and he has now reached the point in his life and his career where he has to learn from his mistakes and show that he is a man and no longer a boy.”
Vieira understands the difficulty Mario has faced adapting to a new country having made mistakes himself whilst a young player at Arsenal but thinks the City striker has the mental toughness to win through,
“We saw it at Euro 2012 against the Republic of Ireland earlier this week when he responded to losing his place in the Italy team by scoring a great goal after coming on as a substitute.
The best way to silence your critics and prove your ability is by performing on the pitch and he did that against Ireland.”
The Telegraph compliment Patrick’s honest and heart-felt article with the slightly more frivolous Balotelli Bingo, allowing you to cross off Mario related clichés as they fall from the mouths of TV commentators.
France take on Spain in tonight’s Euro 2012 quarter-final, bringing David Silva, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri back into the media limelight.
The Daily Express suggests that Nasri could pay the price for French dressing room unrest by losing his starting place. If media reports are to be believed, France followed their 2-0 defeat to Sweden earlier in week with a frank exchange of views, leaving boss Laurent Blanc ready to make changes.
David Silva has told the Daily Star that Spain must forget past glories if they are to reach a semi-final showdown with Germany.
The key will be to forget the last four years and those two titles. We have to remain calm because we haven’t won anything yet.
In transfer news, The Telegraph attempts to breathe life into the flagging Robin Van Persie rumour by stating that City are ready to make a formal offer for the Dutch striker. The paper also suggests that a bid of £20 million would be enough to land last year’s Premier League top scorer.
The Manchester Evening News thinks that Daniele De Rossi may be more up Robert Mancini’s street after the Italian midfielder revealed he is ‘attracted’ to English football.