Balotelli's performance was very poor without a single shot and he seemed irritable, insulting teammate Adel Taarabt and then saying something to Seedorf as he was substituted.
"I made those choices. Ricky Kaka was doing fairly well and could break away down the left. Keisuke Honda was out for two weeks and gave everything he had, so we knew he'd have to be substituted.
"We just said everything was ok. No problem. Mario was one of three substitutions I made, so I don't see why we should analyse every single one. I wanted to give room to Giampaolo Pazzini and he did very well, almost scoring a goal.
"Balotelli was unable to express himself to the full tonight, but that can happen after several weeks of impressive performances.
"I have been in locker rooms for many years and these things happen. Balotelli and Taarabt talked, there are no problems between them. It's best to avoid these things, though in the heat of the game they can happen and all players know what it's like out there."
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