Saturday November 12 2011
Mancini: "Balotelli deserves it"

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is “happy for Mario Balotelli” after netting his first Italy goal.

The striker has improved considerably in recent months under Mancio’s tutelage and finally broke his senior Azzurri duck in last night’s 2-0 win over Poland.

“I am very happy for Balotelli, it’s pleasing to know he played well and scored a goal too,” Mancini told RAI.

The tactician is in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One Grand Prix today.

“I didn’t see the game because I was travelling, but I read that Balotelli did well.

“I’m happy and we all hope he can continue like this. He really does deserve it.”