Mihajlovic: I expect more from Balotelli

The AC Milan coach has urged his striker to step up his game, but is confident he will start delivering once he returns to full fitness

AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has stressed that he expects more from Mario Balotelli, but believes the Italy international is on his way back.

Balotelli recently made his comeback after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a groin injury, but has yet to make a major impact.

The 25-year-old netted the winner in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg victory over Alessandria, but has not scored in five substitute appearances in Serie A since his comeback and again failed to impress in Milan’s 1-1 draw with Udinese at the weekend.

Mihajlovic has now admitted that he is not satisfied with Balotelli’s form, but is confident the striker will start delivering again when he returns to peak fitness.


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“I expect more from Balotelli and that will come when his fitness gets better,” Mihajlovic told reporters.

“His fitness has already improved and he did what he had to do.

“But you can see that he is not the real Balotelli yet. There is still something missing physically.”

Balotelli has netted twice in 10 appearances in all competitions for Milan this campaign.

His last goal in Serie A dates back to September 22 last year, when he scored in the 3-2 win over Udinese.

VIDEO: Balotelli, Boateng and De Jong show off street skills

Watch the Ghana international get nutmegged as he and Balotelli take on Soufiane Touzani and De Jong in a freestyle competition in Milan


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Mario Balotelli, Kevin Prince Boateng and Nigel de Jong showed off their impressive skills in a street battle with freestyle football star Soufiane Touzani.

Balotelli and Boateng took on the Dutch duo in Milan, with the freestyle pioneer humiliating the Ghana international with a delightful nutmeg.

While the professional trio impressed in a way they would rarely be able to on the field, Touzani’s magic touch was so deadly and unpredictable that he had the attackers scared to take him on, leaving them refusing to open their legs.

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Watch more of Touzani’s skill videos on his YouTube channel TouzaniTV.

Balotelli pays tribute to hometown Palermo… with wrong picture

The striker posted a heartfelt message about the place of his birth on Instagram… only to be told by commentators that he posted a picture of a different city


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Aww, this is nice. Mario Balotelli has paid tribute to the city of his birth Palermo with a heartfelt post on Instragram… but there’s one problem: the attached photo is not of Palermo.

The striker is set to return to his home town with AC Milan on Wednesday and posted a picture on the social media site, writing: “I love the city where I was born!!! Palermo” followed by a footballer’s favourite form of communication, the emoji.

However, commentators were quick to point out that the picture was not actually of Palermo but of Cefalu. Balotelli quickly amended his caption with: “(It’s still a photo of Sicily)”

 

A photo posted by Mario Balotelli(@mb459) onFeb 2, 2016 at 8:02am PST

Just a quick 80-minute drive down the coast then Mario, so not too far off. It’s the same island at least.

But for future reference:

VIDEO: Balotelli takes revenge on freestyler

The Italy international was nutmegged by Soufiane Touzani in a previous YouTube video but he has now got his own back on the viral sensation in an amazing game of two-touch


Mario Balotelli is not a man to accept his fate lightly, and the Milan striker has taken revenge on the freestyler who nutmegged him last week!

Soufiane Touzani, well known for taking on the biggest stars from across Europe, embarrassed the former Manchester City star in a previous video, much to the amusement of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Nigel De Jong.

However, Balotelli has now got his own back on Touzani, showing the tricky YouTube star up in a game of two-touch with De Jong.

A rather painful forfeit follows…

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Watch more of Touzani’s skill videos on his YouTube channel TouzaniTV.

Mihajlovic: Balotelli DOES care – he just can't show it

The AC Milan coach has compared his striker’s muted goal celebrations to “wanting to tell a woman you love her, but you can’t say the words”

AC Milan head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has defended Mario Balotelli from accusations he does not care but admitted he wishes the striker would show more passion in his goal celebrations.

The 25-year-old marked his first start since returning from injury by scoring from the penalty spot as Milan recorded a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final against Alessandria.

Balotelli reacted to his goal with a typically reserved celebration but Mihajlovic says he should not be accused of apathy.

“I think what we saw on Tuesday proved they are not in good shape,” the coach said when asked about the fitness of Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng ahead of Sunday’s derby against Inter.

“I told Balotelli to celebrate when he scores a goal, but it is just not in his nature. He is a good lad and he might seem as if he doesn’t care, but that is not the case.

“It is like when you are with a woman and want to tell her you love her, but you can’t say the words. 


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“I hope Mario will change this attitude because others think he looks angry and it is not helpful. Being a football player is the best job in the world.”

Milan have struggled to keep pace with Serie A’s top clubs this season but can move within six points of Inter by beating their city rivals at San Siro.

“A win in the derby would be a boost for the table and morale,” Mihajlovic said. “It’s the last chance in the chase for the top positions.

“Inter also need to win to stay near the top of the table. Their position in the table, as it stands, is better than ours.

“The derby is like an elevator. It can take you to the top or you head straight towards the basement. We have the quality needed to win.

“A win can give us enthusiasm and confidence. We struggle to finish off games when we are in control.”