8 April, 2013 - 11:36

Balotelli convinced City will beat United in derby

Balotelli convinced City will beat United in derby

Controversial Milan striker Mario Balotelli is convinced his former side outplays Premier League leaders Manchester United in a cross-town derby.

The striker, who played for the Citizens before joining the Italian giants in January, believes that Roberto Mancini, with whom he shared a ‘tough love’ relationship, has what it takes to beat arch rivals in Manchester derby. Balotelli said: ‘I am sure Roberto Mancini will find the right way to win the derby. I really hope City win.”

The Italian revealed scoring against United was a special moment in his career: ‘The goal I scored at Old Trafford was a great moment in my career, like the goal I scored for Italy against Germany in the Euros. As soon as I arrived at City, everyone talked to me about the derby as the game to win and the Old Trafford as the stadium to conquer… I understood that - and did it! I am sure me and Nigel (de Jong) will watch the game - perhaps not together - but we will both supporting our ex-teammates, the boss and the supporters big time: we want a win.”

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Author: Basil Naumov

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