NEWS
Saturday March 12 2016
Miha: 'Balotelli problem psychological'

Sinisa Mihajlovic gets Milan ready for Chievo and notes Mario Balotelli’s “problem is psychological, not physical.”

It kicks off at the Stadio Bentegodi on Sunday at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“We have one more training session, so I don’t know yet which system I will use, but tomorrow I can tell you that only those who are at 100 per cent will play,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“It is not punishment to leave someone out. For our style of football, it is necessary to have players at 100 per cent. I told the lads that the system only counts to a certain degree.

“Just look at the spirit Juventus showed against Sassuolo last night, maintaining that hunger even after four consecutive Scudetti. In terms of attitude, they are a step above the rest, as players like Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala sacrifice themselves to work for the team. That must be our objective too.”

When asked about attitude, Mihajlovic naturally moved on to the situation surrounding Balotelli.

“I think that Balotelli’s physical condition is good, but psychologically he’s not quite there yet. He needs to improve mentally, but that has always been his problem.

“He has been training regularly for two months now, so physically he should be fine. I asked him and Jeremy Menez to do some things, they managed them once every five opportunities and we really can’t afford that.

“Menez has physical problems holding him back, but Balotelli does it because he can’t maintain concentration. I don’t want to compare Mandzukic to Balotelli, as they have different characteristics, but he could’ve done more off the ball.

“Improvement depends on him, we all want to help him. First of all, he has to help himself. He has to be more present and do what we ask of him more consistently.”