The anglo-italian perspective. Mancini frustrated with Balotelli

Chelsea striker Fabio Borini has been loaned out to Swansea City, the Italian U-21 International who is a reported target for Lazio, Juventus and Parma has given the opportunity to impress at the Liberty Stadium until the end of the season. Swansea who play in the English Championship will hope the former Bologna front man can give them some added impetus in their push for promotion. Manager Brendan Rodgers said “He’s a young player with great potential. He’s got intensity, passion and a natural goalscoring ability.” Borini, whose contract runs out in June will want to use the opportunity to impress his owners or attract interest from elsewhere.

Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone who is on loan at Hull City could be out for one month with an upper thigh injury. The 23 year old goalkeeper had only juts returned from a two month lay off with the same injury and it was in his first game back in a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest he injured himself again. His manager Nigel Pearson told BBC Radio Humberside: “He’s going to be out for three to four weeks.It’s a similar injury to the one he had before, not as serious as before but very frustrating for us.”

Manchester City were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Dynamo Kiev in a match that saw Mario Balotelli receive a red card. Mancini‘s continued frustrations with a player who has also been booked nine times in 19 games were barely disguised after the 2-1 aggregate defeat. “This is Mario’s problem,” the manager said. “He can be a fantastic player but
he does stupid things like tonight, it’s difficult for me, difficult for him, difficult for the team.” It is believed Balotelli will be dropped for Manchester City’s next match at Chelsea on Sunday.

Carlo Ancelotti has praised Chelsea’s spirit in their Champions League 0-0 draw with FC Copenhagen, “I see the team fresh. It is a good moment for us. We can improve in the next games” he said. When asked if Cheslea could win the Champions League he replied “I hope so” (Richard Hall).

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