Italy: Balotelli postulates a return for the play-offs! – Soccer


After a successful start to the season with Adana Demirspor in Turkey, striker Mario Balotelli dreams of a return to selection with Italy in March for the 2022 World Cup play-offs.

Italy: Balotelli applies

Mario Balotelli has not been summoned since September 2018.

Little success since leaving Olympique de Marseille and Ligue 1 in 2019, Mario Balotelli (31) is in the process of rediscovering colors in Turkey.

Recruited by Adana Demirspor last summer, the striker has posted interesting statistics with 5 goals scored in 12 league games, which already allows him to equal his total of the last two seasons Brescia then Monza (excluding Playoffs).

Balotelli ready to come foot

This relative awakening gives ideas to the Italian international, who still has the selection in the back of his mind, even if the last of his 37 caps (for 14 goals) dates back three years ago, in September 2018. The former Milanese dream of finding the Nazionale, as he told Twitch channel OCW Sport.

I feel good. I feel ready to return to the national team. It would be a dream. I would leave Turkey now if I knew I was called in March, slipped the striker, who would see himself put on the savior costume when he returns next March for the 2022 World Cup play-offs. The hypothesis may seem a little crazy at first glance, but we must not forget that the Squadra azzurra shows a real problem at number nine since the coronation of the Euro.

A real problem of 9

Regularly injured in recent weeks, holder Ciro Immobile had only scored two goals during the competition, and in the group stage. Recently, in his absence, neither Andrea Belotti, nor Giacomo Raspadori, nor Federico Bernardeschi, nor Gianluca Scamacca, briefly tested, did not give satisfaction and the selector Roberto Mancini even tried to align the winger Lorenzo Insigne in false number nine Monday against Northern Ireland (0-0), without more success in terms of efficiency. However, Balotelli knows, he will still have to improve his statistics to hope to come back. But the Palermo native relies on his relationship of trust with Mancini to achieve this.

We have a great relationship. He told me what he expected of me so that I could return to the national team. And I will. Have I spoken to him recently? Yes. (…) Mancini did not call me because he knows my potential and I am not yet at the expected level. I want to be on top of my condition, assured the former Niois. At the moment, there aren’t many people to believe in the comeback of the Transalpine, but mistrust because it has already proven that it has more than one trick up its sleeve!

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