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Trapattoni: I could manage AC Milan striker Balotelli

Former Juventus coach Giovanni Trapattoni has taken aim at AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli has taken the brunt of criticism for Italy's World Cup failure.

"I'd love to have a talk to Mario... If I were his Coach, I'd treat him the same way I did players like Strunz, Edmund and Antonio Cassano, all difficult guys who I can modestly say I put on the right path.

"I spoke to them like a father. I'd knock on the door at midnight, ask if they were sleeping and give important advice.

"I also had a player in the Irish national team who gave me big problems, but I resolved them."

Trap warned there is too much expectation on Balotelli's shoulders to deliver a world class performance.

"He is potentially a champion, but not a real Champion with a capital C. I worked with a few of those: Platini, Tardelli, Scirea, Boniek, Bettega, Causio, Matthaus."

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