Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has explained why he hooked Mario Balotelli in the first-half of last week's victory at Torino.

He said: "I took him off the ground in the game against Torino because he was constantly provoked and not because tactics. People were trying to take advantage of him because he is just a young lad.

"He must learn, but I do not think it's right that so many people are seeking to provoke him.

"I wanted to keep eleven on the field, so I replaced him."