Giovanni Trapattoni says scapegoating Mario Balotelli is not right, as he is a player who ‘should be supported’.
Attention in the wake of Italy’s group stage elimination from the 2014 World Cup has centred on an alleged argument between Balotelli and the resigning Cesare Prandelli at half-time of the side’s eventual defeat to Uruguay earlier this week.
For another former CT, though, lambasting the 23-year-old for his behaviour is not the right way to progress.
“I do not believe it is right, he was not the only one to have made mistakes in the team,” Trapattoni has told Il Messaggero today.
“Balotelli should be supported - he has important qualities, whilst unfortunately he is not mature.
“These guys…I say having trained them, need to always feel confidence in them.
“This is the only way to make the most of their potential.”