Las Palmas
Real Sociedad
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
VfL Wolfsburg
Werder Bremen
7:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Burton Albion
Blackburn Rovers
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Birmingham City
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
3:00 AM UTC Feb 25, 2017
Game Details
Melbourne City FC
Sydney FC
Game Details
Brisbane Roar
Wellington Phoenix FC
6:35 AM UTC Feb 25, 2017
Game Details

Horncastle: Can Inter pass Roma test?

Italian Serie A

Allegri unhappy with Balotelli display

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says Mario Balotelli does not enjoy a privileged status at the club after substituting him during the 3-2 defeat to Parma.

Paul: Milan lose thriller

Balotelli, 23, failed to make an impact on the game and was replaced by Alessandro Matri with Milan trailing 2-0.

The move paid dividends with Matri, 29, scoring almost immediately, and Allegri admitted afterwards that he had not been impressed by the former Manchester City player’s performance.

“He’s got to play better,” Allegri said in Corriere dello Sport. “His performance was not good today. I needed a striker who attacked more in the penalty area and I took him off, also because he was getting nervous and had already been booked.”

Balotelli turned up for the game with his head shaved and without any earrings, toeing the line requested by Allegri after the midweek draw with Barcelona.

However, the Italy international did not take on board all of his coach’s instructions.

“Mario has got to do the centre-forward position better -- he’s got the quality for it,” Allegri said. “When you have a bad day, then you can be substituted. Everybody can be substituted.”

That also applies to Allegri, whose position -- having secured just 11 points from nine games and with a deficit of seven points on the top five -- is not particularly secure either.

“All the teams at the top have won so it’s going to be even more difficult to catch them,” he said. “We need to take things one step at a time and start above all to play better away from home. We’ve only picked up two points from five away games so clearly something’s not right.”


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.