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FRENCH LIGUE 1

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
13 Angers 2 1 3 7
14 Nice 2 1 3 7
15 Monaco 1 3 2 6
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Balotelli training with Nice, future still unclear

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Balotelli uses England exit to hit back at 'insults'

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Marseille yet to make Balotelli offer - Nice chief

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Vieira out to be mix of Wenger and Mourinho

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Balotelli has betrayed Nice - supporters

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Mario Balotelli is 'perfect culprit' for Italian press - Patrick Vieira

Mario Balotelli has been defended by Nice coach Patrick Vieira following criticism of his performances for Italy.

Vieira, who played with Balotelli at Inter Milan and Manchester City, gave his former teammate his support after he was criticised in the Italian media for his sub-par performance in the Azzurri's 1-1 draw with Poland earlier this month.

"Mario was severely criticised in Italy: it's always like that when the team doesn't win, you need someone to blame," he said. "I think that Mario...

Mario Balotelli 'slimming down well' after weight criticism - Nice teammate

Paolo Bandini assesses the pressure on Roberto Mancini as Italy's new coach and the role Mario Balotelli could play for the Azzurri moving forward.
Gab Marcotti and the FC crew assess how Mario Balotelli will fit into Roberto Mancini's side, four years after his last competitive appearance for Italy.
ESPN FC's Julien Laurens and Gab Marcotti explain why Mario Balotelli's hopes of returning to Serie A this summer were dashed.

Mario Balotelli is "slimming down well and working a lot" to get back into shape for Nice's Ligue 1 challenge, teammate Pierre Lees-Melou has told RMC.

Balotelli has played just 75 minutes of competitive football for his club this term *after his condition was criticised by Nice coach Patrick Vieira.

Since then, the former Manchester City and Liverpool forward, who had been expected to leave Nice this summer has been applying himself in training to get back into shape, according to Lees-Melou.

"He's...

Mario Balotelli has a lot of work to do on fitness - Nice boss Patrick Vieira

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens and Gab Marcotti explain why Mario Balotelli's hopes of returning to Serie A this summer were dashed.
Gab Marcotti says Federico Chiesa and Jack Bonaventura turned the tide for Italy in their draw with Poland, but the first half raised concerns.

Mario Balotelli "still has a lot of work to do" to get back to peak fitness, Nice coach Patrick Vieira has said.

Vieira had urged Nice to help Balotelli fulfill his desire to leave in the summer after the striker returned to preseason training late.

L'Equipe reported that Balotelli had weighed 100 kilograms, 12kg above his optimal weight, when he returned.

The 28-year-old missed Nice's first three matches of the season through suspension but played 75 minutes against Lyon before the international...

Italy's Mario Balotelli loses spot; coach Roberto Mancini defends 'bad game'

Gab Marcotti says Federico Chiesa and Jack Bonaventura turned the tide for Italy in their draw with Poland, but the first half raised concerns.
Poland couldn't hang on for the win in their UEFA Nations League opener, as Jorginho's second-half penalty rescued a point for Italy in Bologna.

Italy forward Mario Balotelli, who was criticised for his performance in a 1-1 draw against Poland on Friday, was dropped from the 23-man squad by coach Roberto Mancini for the UEFA Nations League game against Portugal on Monday.

Balotelli was singled out for the most criticism as Italy were held in Bologna, but Mancini -- who is set to replace him in his attack with Ciro Immobile -- leapt to his defence at a news conference on Sunday.

"It happens that you can have a bad game," Mancini said. "When...

Mario Balotelli signing was never a priority - Marseille coach Rudi Garcia

Kevin Strootman defends his move to Marseille, stating it's not a step back from his former club AS Roma.
Marseille continue on with the unique Twitter player unveils after announcing Kevin Strootman in a Fortnite skit.
A young fan takes the ceremonial kick-off in Marseille the length of the field and celebrates his goal in style!

Marseille coach Rudi Garcia has said signing Mario Balotelli was never one of his priorities this summer and he got the man he wanted in Kevin Strootman.

The Ligue 1 club made an offer to Nice for Italy forward Balotelli, but it was rejected and they did not make an improved bid with Garcia saying he was happier to invest in signing Roma midfielder Strootman instead.

"These things happen on the transfer market," he is quoted as saying in Il Messaggero. "I always said that signing a forward...