–Says he could write a 200-page book on Liverpool flop
JOSE MOURINHO has joked how he could write a book about Mario Balotelli’s antics at Inter Milan.
The Liverpool bad-boy, 24, was involved in a series of bust-ups which ended his Inter career.
He was accused of not training properly by Mourinho, who he was later involved in an altercation with, and was publicly blasted by his team-mates before being sold to Manchester City.
Mourinho revealed how Balotelli also snubbed a meeting with him to attend a Formula One qualifying session – but he holds no grudges.
The Chelsea boss told BT Sport: “I could write a book of 200 pages of my two years at Inter with Mario, but the book would not be a drama – it would be a comedy.
“I remember one time when we went to play Kazan in the Champions League.
“In that match I had all my strikers injured. No Diego Milito, no Samuel Eto’o, I was really in trouble and Mario was the only one.
“Mario got a yellow card in the 42nd minute, so when I got to the dressing room at half-time I spend about 14 minutes of the 15 available speaking only to Mario.
“I said to him: “Mario, I cannot change you, I have no strikers on the bench, so don’t touch anybody and play only with the ball. If we lose the ball no reaction. If someone provokes you, no reaction, if the referee makes a mistake, no reaction.”
“The 46th minute – red card!”
Asked what Balotelli’s autobiography would be like, the Blues boss replied: “A funny book, a good book!
“He’s a nice kid, in my time, needed support, needed the older players to support him because it’s not good when that educational relationship is just between the manager and the player.
“I always think that it’s important that the people surrounding help the manager in that process.”