The return of Super Mario
Roberto Mancini was unveiled as Italy’s new manager on Tuesday morning after months of speculation.
The Italian is being brought into the Italy set up after their failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Mancini’s first job will be to dust away the sorrows and help The Azurri qualify for Euro 2020.
In order to do so, Mancini is planning on brining Mario Balotelli back into the Italy setup.
From City to Italy
Roberto Mancini brought Mario Balotelli to Manchester City in 2010 after coaching him previously at Inter Milan.
Balotelli became an instant hit in England and won the FA Cup in his first season at the Etihad.
In his second season, Balotelli provided the assist for Sergio Augero’s goal which won Manchester City the Premier League title.
That summer, Balotelli was in fantastic form for Italy at Euro 2012 and even scored 2 goals against Germany in the semi-finals of the competition.
Mancini clearly got the best out of Balotelli, who seemed to struggle when the Italian manager left the club.
However, this year, Balotelli has found his feet again at Nice.
The 27 year old has scored 26 goals this term for the French outfit including a brace on Sunday against Caen.
Nice are currently 6th in Ligue 1 but would be a lot further down the table if it weren’t for the Italian’s goals.
Only Neymar, Florian Thuavin and Edison Cavani have scored more goals in Ligue 1 than Balotelli this term and the former Liverpool striker has clearly earned his place back in the Italy squad.
Can Balotelli help Italy?
Italy scored just 21 goals in their World Cup qualification group and failed to score in 2 playoff matches against Sweden.
If that isn’t evidence that they need Mario back, I don’t know what is.