Tuesday May 15 2012
Matrix 'cut up Balotelli's socks'

Marco Materazzi launched another attack on Leonardo and revealed Mario Balotelli “wore Milan socks to training once, so I cut them up.”

The former Inter defender spoke to Sky Sport Italia on his time at San Siro and gave away some intriguing behind the scenes information about self-confessed Milan supporter Balotelli.

“Mario wore Milan socks to training once at the Pinetina ground. At that point, I cut them up, as those colours look terrible on him,” smiled Matrix.

“He understood the lesson. In any case, Balo is truly a good kid and I hope he can win at Euro 2012. It’s tough to find players so young who have already won so much.”

Materazzi also launched another sideswipe at former Inter Coach Leonardo, who left last summer to become a director at PSG.

“As an Interista, I am disappointed by this season, as they could’ve done more, but it could’ve ended worse too. Now they have all the time needed to begin again from Andrea Stramaccioni.

“Last year our ex-Coach Leonardo abandoned us just five days before pre-season training began. He said that he didn’t feel up to it, but that was a terrible thing to do and Inter really suffered for it.

“The thing that upsets me is there is talk of his return. Leonardo contributed a great deal to the current problems. Abandoning the ship a few days before setting off is not the work of a good captain.

“Who do I prefer between Zinedine Zidane and Leonardo? I choose the Frenchman, who carried on his ideas without looking back, whereas Leonardo was not consistent with me.”