Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray was talking exclusively to tribalfootball.comâ€¦
MARIO Balotelli will always hold a special place in the hearts of Manchester Cityâ€™s but we didnâ€™t see the best of him in the Premier League.
He showed flashes of his brilliance but nowhere near often enough for him to be considered a successful purchase.
We saw his best performance last summer at the European Championship with Italy when he scored two goals in the semi-final win against Germany.
But Roberto Mancini will be a little disappointed that having taken a chance on Balotelli, he wasnâ€™t able to conjure consistent performances out of him.
All in all it was well worth having a go. He will always be remembered for creating the goal that Sergio Aguero scored that won them the title last season in the last minute of the last game.
But it was almost inevitable when they had that public spat at the training ground that he would end up going. There was no way he could stay.
Itâ€™s best for everyone that heâ€™s moved on. Balotelliâ€™s moved back home and he always looked a little bit of a lost soul in England.
They havenâ€™t lost too much money on him and have removed a huge earner from the wage bill â€“ even if youâ€™re a very rich club that still matters.
Balotelli has gone back where heâ€™s always wanted to play and thatâ€™s at Milan. He now has his wish.
He should be happier now heâ€™s back in Italy, and if youâ€™re happier you should play better. Heâ€™ll do better there than at City.
I always miss good players and personalities when they leave England and the Premier League does too. Weâ€™ve lost far too many over the last four or five years without really replacing them.
Weâ€™ll miss Balotelli and his antics, even on the pitch as well as off it, but someone else will come along and fill the bill.
It wonâ€™t affect their title chances. Balotelli only scored one league goal this year in 14 games. That doesnâ€™t suggest he was making a huge contribution.
Itâ€™s not like losing Aguero or Tevez, itâ€™s not even like losing Dzeko who has contributed many goals this year. They should be able to absorb it quite easily.
However City will need to start finding the back of the net again soon after firing a blank in their draw against QPR.
QPR have shown theyâ€™re made of sterner stuff recently but City did enough to win the game, theyâ€™ll know that. They hit the frame of the goal and Julio Cesar made two or three very good saves.
Until we get to the last half a dozen games, I think Manchester Unitedâ€™s lead will fluctuate between four and nine points, depending on who the two teams play each weekend.
Then when we get to the last few games, thatâ€™s when the pressure will tell.
But City canâ€™t afford to drop many more points, to be honest. Theyâ€™ve got 14 games left and that sounds a lot but it really isnâ€™t.
When youâ€™re seven points behind you can only probably afford to drop another two or three to have any hope of winning the title.
That shows you what City need to do â€“ they need to go on an unbelievable run. In saying that, we have to assume United are not going to drop many.
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