TEMPERS FLARE: Balotelli (left) and Mancini
AFTER PHOTOS emerged of a training ground quarrel between Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and forward Mario Balotelli on January 3, the Blues boss played down the incident this morning.
Balotelli and Mancini had to be separated by staff and team-mates at training after the latter was displeased by a tackle that Balotelli made on Scott Sinclair.
However, Mancini dismissed the incident, telling reporters: “Mario made a tackle on his team-mate that I would prefer to see in a game and not against a team-mate.
“I asked him to leave the pitch – he said no so I moved him off. That’s all that happened and it was nothing more than that.
"Nothing has changed between Mario and me and my thoughts have not changed about him and these things happen from time to time.
The 48-year-old continued: “Will Mario have more chances? I will give him 100 chances as long as I can see him trying to improve and working hard for this football club.”
When asked did he lose his temper, Mancini responded saying: "For two seconds, yes. Three, four seconds later no. He didn’t want to leave pitch. No fight."