Mancini glad with Balotelli show in Italy victory over Saudi Arabia


Italy head coach Roberto Mancini thought Mario Balotelli loved a “good enough” return to life with the Azzurri because the striker scored in a 2-1 pleasant victory over Saudi Arabia.

Balotelli, now 27, had not featured for Italy for the reason that World Cup in Brazil 4 years in the past and was recalled by new boss Mancini, his former supervisor at Manchester Metropolis, following a season by which he scored 26 targets for Good.

He duly scored his first purpose for Italy since he hit the winner towards England in Manaus in June 2014, and Italy doubled their lead by Andrea Belotti earlier than Yahya Al-Shehri responded for the Saudis.

After full-time in St Gallen, Switzerland, Mancini advised La Gazzetta dello Sport: “For his first game back, Mario was good enough. I would say it was a positive display, above and beyond the goal.”

Mancini was comfortable to report a victory as Italy proceed down the street to restoration following their shock failure to qualify for this summer season’s World Cup.

“Getting back to winning is important and we did well in the first 45 minutes,” added the previous Inter Milan boss. “The efficiency will most likely be higher towards a stronger staff.

“We have now to discover ways to stick with it throughout the 90 minutes however we did handle to get a number of pictures off and play shortly.

“(Saudi Arabia) are far behind us within the rankings however the gamers principally come from two golf equipment so they’re effectively united. They’re additionally making ready for a World Cup.

“I can’t make any deeper assessments as my players are at the end of their campaigns and have been through a lot this year.”

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