Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says striker Mario Balotelli is turning into a great player after the Italian’s penalty set them on their way against Newcastle United.
The 21-year-old’s penalty was his eight for City this season, as he continues to emerge as a valuable asset for in the club’s pursuit of the Barclays Premier League.
And Mancini, who has had his fair share of run ins with Balotelli, is thrilled with the way he’s grown.
"Mario is a great player; he's becoming better and better and taking on more responsibility for the team," Mancini said.
"He is relaxed and confident, I never thought he would miss the penalty. I am pleased at the way he has improved because all the work is down to him.
“I am just helping him become the best player he can be because I don't want him to waste his talent. He feels the same and that's why he has been working so hard."
City face a potentially make of break match with Napoli in mid-week in the Champions League, knowing victory will assure qualification for the knock-out phase of the competition, but the boss is demanding an improvement for their win over The Toon.
"I know that we can find more in Naples," he added. "Naples this season are playing very well at home. If we want to win, we should play better than we did this afternoon."