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Man City boss Mancini delighted with Balotelli performance in Porto win

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was pleased with Mario Balotelli's performance in victory at Europa League opponents Porto.

Mancini was generally pleased with the performance of Balotelli, who had been playing his first game since serving a four-match domestic suspension for stamping on Tottenham's Scott Parker.

He said: "I think Mario did very well, he played very well. He was calm and it is important he continues like this.

"I think this [provocation] can happen every game.

"For this reason I spoke with Mario before the game.

"I said, 'Mario think and play, think what you should do during the game. Forget other things.' I think only this is important."

Toure also had an influential role on his City return after missing eight games due to the African Nations Cup.

Mancini said: "I think Yaya is an important player for us but Yaya can't win alone. He needs all the other players.

"I think this evening all the team played well because, if not, it is impossible to win here.

"I don't know how many Porto have lost on this pitch. I think if you win here you should play well with all the team. If not, it is impossible."

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