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Balotelli At Risk Of Taking The Substitute’s Role

Balotelli At Risk Of Taking The Substitute’s Role

Impressive performances from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne threaten Mario Balotelli’s spot in Italy’s starting XI. AC Milan’s talismanic striker has failed to impress during their last pre-World Cup warm-up match pitted against the Brazilian outfit, Fluminense.


Together, Immobile and Inisgne delivered a total of 5 points during the above-mentioned encounter. It may not be that big, but compared to Balotelli, who has not netted a single goal since October, the two have successfully convinced the squad’s head honcho, Cesare Prandelli to make them as the top picks for the starting lineup.


Although the decision to include the above-mentioned players in the starting XI has yet to be confirmed, it seemed that Prandelli has already confirmed the speculations. In an interview, he stressed that every player has the chance to be in Italy’s starting line-up and those who did not make it to the cut, must learn to respect such decision. Yet, in a subtle attempt to console those who will be left out, the squad’s top brass, nonetheless acknowledged the star-studded members of the team.


Balotelli is a certified poacher for Italy. However, his inconsistent performance at AC Milan and the goal drought that he currently experiences raised doubts over his ability to help the Italian squad. Likewise, his occasional display of uncontrollable temper readily affects his chances of starting for the national team.


Prandelli is known to change his strategies often most especially if the situation calls for it. Under this context, no matter how invaluable Balotelli is for the team, if he does not manifest the same enthusiasm—if he does not produce goals, then it is indeed, possible for him to take the substitute’s role in the upcoming world cup matches.


Image Source: Mirror

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