Manchester City defender Kolo Toure insists that Mario Balotelli will learn from his sending off against West Brom, and begin to understand the Premier League.Balotelli turned hero to villain against West Brom after scoring the two goals and then needlessly getting himself sent off. The player has a history shrouded in controversy but Toure believes he will be an important player for the future for City
“I’m pleased for Mario that he has scored two goals today, but obviously the sending off made things harder for us, but we were strong and after we dealt with their spell of pressure, the game was as good as over,” he told the club's official website.
“Mario is a top striker and he is still very young. He will learn about the Premier League quickly and I think he is a player who can be really important for us.
“He needs to learn that the tackles are hard and the referees more lenient, but he will get used to it and love it as much as we all do. What happened to him could happen to any player and as I say, he will learn from it.”
And the Ivorian says that a weight has been lifted on the minds of the players having stopped their sequence of three defeats on the trot, and are now full focussed for Wednesday's game against bitter rivals Manchester United.
City’s 2-0 victory over West Bromich Albion came as a timely boost to the club after they had lost three in a row amidst reports of player unrest towards manager Roberto Mancini. Toure however says the players are full focussed on the Manchester derby:
“It was really important we beat West Brom because it’s very difficult for a team with aspirations of challenging at the top to lose three games in a row,” said Toure.
“This win has made us very happy and put us in the perfect frame of mind ahead of Wednesday’s derby.
“We deserved to win because we started the game really well and were passing the ball round nicely. We controlled most of the match and scored goals at important times.”