Mancini singles out Balotelli and Richards for praise

Roberto Mancini praised Micah Richards and Mario Balotelli following their team ending Newcastle United’s unbeaten start to the season, BBC Football report.

This came at the end of a fortnight that saw the full-back left out of the England squad for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden – an omission that confused many pundits.

However, Mancini didn’t hide his admiration for the defender after he scored one and made the second penalty, in the 3-1 victory: “I love Micah Richards as a guy and a player, I’d like it if he plays always like he did today.”

The manager also reserved special mention for his Italian striker: “The penalty from Mario was fabulous, It is impossible for him to miss one penalty – I don’t know why,” he continued. “I’m just helping him not to waste his talent and to make sure he becomes the player he can become.”

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