Balotelli returned to the starting XI and his free kick was parried into the path of Philippe Mexes for the opener, then he curled in his own set play.
“The lads respected Fiorentina’s strength and possession football, so it was important to remain united and hit them with pace.
“A centre-forward has to work going forward and back, so when his team goes too deep he needs to spread it wide to help the others come up.
“I asked Mario for intensity and in that sense he had a great game in both phases. We already knew he had talent and could take free kicks like that, but I was most impressed by his consistency and intensity tonight.”
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