Why Manchester City Will Be a Better Team Without Mario Balotelli

Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalFebruary 6, 2013

Mario Balotelli has lit his last indoor firework, given his last roll of banknotes to a tramp and camouflaged his last sports car—in England at least.

The Italian striker left Manchester City for AC Milan in the January transfer window, breaking the hearts of City fans who made him a cult hero and leaving the UK tabloid press with a gaping Balotelli-shaped hole in their agenda.

City manager Roberto Mancini was sad to see him go, but he did what he thought was best for the club and the player.

The question is, will City benefit from Balotelli’s exit?

Mario being Mario, he went and scored twice on his Milan debut to illustrate the precocious talent City just kissed goodbye to. But let’s not forget the fact he was inconsistent on the field and regularly a distraction off of it in his time in the Premier League.

In this clip, B/R’s Will Tidey and Mike Cummings discuss the potential benefits of City life without Balotelli.