Balotelli is in line for his 50th appearance for City today against Tottenham.
Platt insisted: "Roberto manages him to try to get the best out of his talent. I've grumbled and groaned as a player. It's not until you actually put a tracksuit on and put a whistle in your mouth that you realise just how much of a git you were.
"That's the nature of the beast in being a footballer. You are heightened into that competitive edge every day. If you are taken off in games, you don't expect to be happy about it."