Mancini always tried to defend the errant striker in Manchester.
"All the Coaches he worked with helped him to improve, from his very first to Prandelli today. He gave a great deal against Germany and worked for the team.
"Mario knows I always tried to help him. At times I treated him badly, at times better, while sometimes I had no idea what else to do!
"When you talk to Mario, he's such a good kid that you can't not help him. You cannot waste a talent like this."