Mario Balotelli is joining AC Milan on loan from Liverpool. Balotelli’s time with Liverpool was less than desirable, and he says manager Brendan Rodgers’ tactics had a lot to do with it.
“I accept my side of the blame, but Rodgers’ tactics were not suited to my characteristics either,” Balotelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “At the start, I missed a few easy chances, and then I had fewer chances to score, a bit of bad luck and injuries. It was a mess.
“But I never protested. I accepted the coach’s decisions and always behaved professionally. My attitude and lifestyle were absolutely normal at Liverpool. There have not been any problems with my private life this last year.”
Balotelli scored only one Premier League goal last season.
“…But it’s not as if I’ve forgotten how to play football. I’m back, full of energy, willingness to work and enthusiasm. My game is not over yet. I feel like somebody who has just played the first half of his career, as a boy. Not everything went well and I wasted plenty of opportunities, but the game is not over yet.
“There is still a second half to be played and I’m going to play it as a man. I know that not many believe I can come back again, but it is my duty to try, and I am certain I will succeed.”