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Man City boss Mancini: Sometimes I want to punch Balotelli!

After victory over Aston Villa, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits he'd like to THUMP hat-trick hero Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli's first City treble, including two cheeky penalties, took his tally to eight goals in eight games but his response to the general euphoria was typically muted.

Mancini smiled: "I would like to punch him sometimes! When you score three goals in the Barclays Premier League I think you should celebrate. After the first goal he did celebrate - for one second, I think! At least he smiled!

"Our supporters love Mario - they love all the players. Mario must understand this, because it is important for a player. Every day I fight against him! But he is young. He was with me at 17 years old, so I know him very well."

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