Mario Balotelli produces his best form in Los Angeles

Balotelli’s 31-minute masterclass in mocking opponents, rowing with his manager, storming off and entertaining neutrals

Mario Balotelli again provided proof of the adage that when he’s around, good things happen, by ensuring that Manchester City’s US tour had a big finish.

Super Mario lasted just 31 minutes of their game with LA Galaxy after enraging team-mates, manager and opposition supporters alike with the antics in the video above, in doing so also wrestling the spotlight off of David Beckham.

But if Balotelli is their star turn when it comes to drama, showing Carlos Tevez that petulance can be amusing as well as irritating, then Roberto Mancini deserves credit for his increasingly entertaining press performances.

Rather than dreading the inevitable post-match grilling that he knew would follow his latest row with Balotelli, he embraced the situation by poking fun at his perceived lack of authority and noting his striker’s use of Italian to shout at him.

Though the Italian boss has worryingly had a greater presence on Sky Sports News than Harry Redknapp this summer, his act is far fresher and his refusal to take himself too seriously, almost unheard of in managerial circles – sorry Sparky – makes his appearances consistently enjoyable.

The only slight criticism is that he needs to tone down his talking about other teams’ players a touch, though that in itself is a tad hypocritical coming from a site that readily worships at the temple of transfer speculation!

His reluctance to be too critical of Balotelli is no huge shock either given some of the skirmishes he got caught up in as a player, not to mention one or two as a manager as well.

19 responses so far
  • venga malaga // July 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    It would have been a different story if he’d of scored, thats for sure – it was close.
    I’d like to now see him do it against Man U later in the month and see what Mancini does then

  • tutti totti // July 27, 2011 at 1:15 am

    >wrestling the spotlight off of David Beckham.

    That deserves recognition and thanks.
    Nothing worse than watching an MLS game except an MLS game where the announcers are trying hard to make it seem like Becky has anything left.
    “Did you see that corner Bob? that was laid down beautifully right on the penalty spot. it was perfect but no one could finish. No one on the planet can kick a corner like that.”
    “Wow! did you see this Beckham back pass?
    Notice the way he just cooly slots the ball back right on the foot of the fullback. Thats world class passing right there. ”

    When he finally dies, the fey high pitched wanker is gonna have stadium lights and cameras installed in his coffin as well as a mirror.

  • zach m // July 27, 2011 at 4:52 am

    seriously?!?! it took you guys a week for this one fucking post that EVERY other blog has? no explanation? you suck and i quit.

  • Ryan // July 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    old news…

  • Sassyone // July 28, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I agree with Zach M. The Spoiler used to be a melting-pot of class and wit, now it’s just a pile of sh*t (three weeks of stupid graphs….WTF!?) What happened man. You guys have changed.

  • yeag // July 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm


  • bread // July 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I used to bloody love this blog, used to tell people to start reading it.
    Now…terrible. 1 rubbish article a week that either:
    -every other football blog has
    -is some useless statistic made into a crap graph.

    Not funny any more, not witty.
    Bring back the good guys.

  • Umer // July 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    He is a LEGEND, doesn’t care what people think. He scored a goal didn’t he ? So what if he tried to pull a fancy trick ha

  • Kyle // July 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Spoiler, please know that you have alienated FAR more people than the few who bother to leave comments here. We are just the few that feel like telling you. The rest are leaving and never coming back.

  • Leon // July 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    He thought he was offside!!!!

  • Cal // August 1, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Come on guys – post an update with what the heckles is going on? Everyone on holiday i hope.

  • Amber // August 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    What the hell, Spoiler?? I am really dissappointed in the content and lack of posts as of late. No explaination?? I think your readers at least deserve that. If something doesn’t change soon, I will have to take Spoiler out of my rotation. Shame.

  • Dale // August 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Serious getting annoyed now, no new posts in 6 days and counting.. This used to be my favourite website with regular updates and great articles.. These days when you finally do put out content it’s at best hlf as good (if not shit all together) as the old stuff. Get rid of the new writers/owners/management whatever now. Or else ur gonna lose a lot of readers (me included).

  • steve // August 2, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Is Mike Ashley running this blog?

  • Matt // August 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    To anyone still reading this blog: Why? They clearly don’t update it and wish to rest on their laurels, which is hilarious considering how worthless all their virtual advertising space is going to become if they stop producing content and keep getting their site filled with comments about how terrible their site is….

    I mean, you realize that, right? More than half the comments made on your blog in the last 2 weeks have been about how shitty your blog has gotten…. think on this…

  • Dale // August 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Totally with xaan, I’d happily grasp the opportunity to edit the blog and try to restore it to it’s former glory. Not saying i could do as good a job as former editors but I’d try, besides some content must be better than none.

  • xaan // August 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Seriously dissapointed in the lack of communcation from the editors to us the readers on whats going on. Hell give me access and I will update the blog myself.

  • Phil // August 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Looks like the guy who used to write articles has gone:

    No Richard Anderson there!

  • letskicktheball // August 4, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Mario is with no doubt one of the best talents in Europe, and he has proven that time and time again. But his attitude still leave even the most open mind person speechless.

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