Thursday June 19 2014
'Mario must understand his potential'

Jose Mourinho has urged Mario Balotelli to ‘understand his full potential’ and take this World Cup by storm.

The Italy international has already scored one in this summer’s tournament, netting in the Azzurri’s 2-1 win over England.

But the Chelsea Coach has insisted that the Milan goalscorer can be even better.

“Mario will always be Mario,” he told Yahoo-Eurosport. “He’ll do the same things when he’s 30 as he does when he’s 20.

“The essence of Mario won’t change, but I think with the passage of time and the experiences he has with Italy, Inter, Manchester City and Milan he will reach a higher level.

“He has the technical ability and the physicality to do even better, now it’s just up to him to understand it.

“I always tell my players, especially the young ones, that when God gives you a gift, you have to take advantage of it.”

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