Unique Talent. but Is He Worth the Grief? Analysis
Byline: IAN LADYMAN
THE frustrations felt by Manchester City fans are shared by the club's coaching staff.
Ever since Mario Balotelli began to feign injury to mask poor performances in training at the start of last season, Roberto Mancini's aides have swung somewhere between exasperation and despair.
One City source told Sportsmail: 'Mario is like nobody I have ever seen or dealt with. At times he is almost impossible to control.' Mancini has been seen as the only vehicle capable of moving the 20-year-old somewhere near to normality.
Man-management is not one of the City boss's great skills. As one ally once said: 'If you are not in his team then you may as well be dead.'
But Mancini makes something of an exception with Balotelli because he thinks the striker's talent is worth the sideshow. Like someone trying to control an errant teenager, Mancini seems to use praise and criticism in almost equal measure.
Some indiscretions are overlooked. For example, Balotelli never gets chastised for parking his sports car where he shouldn't at City's training ground. …