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They say a trip to play Celtic is a vital part of your footballing education. Devin Funchess Jersey . And, of course, when I say they, I mean some of the greatest to ever play the game. Barcelonas Xavi: "The atmosphere generated by the fans in Celtics stadium for our visit was the most impressive Ive ever witnessed. The grounds of Liverpool and Manchester United are good and the hostile feeling of playing against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu is also excellent, but the atmosphere against Celtic was the best." If the opinion of Xavi is not enough, how about someone equally as brilliant and smart. Someone like Paolo Maldini... "Every professional footballer should seek to play at least one game at Celtic Park. I have never felt anything like it," he said. The great thing about Maldini and Xavi is that they are all-time greats, not only for the way they played on the field but also for the way they carried themselves off it. They speak, you listen. They remain two of the smartest players I have ever watched and listened to. Throughout their long careers at the top of the game, they certainly never referred to themselves as one of the games best players. And then there is Mario Balotelli and the comments he made to the Scottish Sun newspaper this week: "I have heard all about the fans and the atmosphere they create - and my message to them is bring it on! "If fans want to try and make a stadium hostile for me - or boo me because I am one of the best players in the world - then I hope they do." One of the best players in the world, eh? Okay. The Italian touched down in Glasgow this week having played a total of 27 Champions League games in his career. For his three teams, Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan, he was important enough to only have started just 11 of those, coming on 16 times as a substitute. He had scored just seven Champions League goals in 1,276 minutes played, averaging a goal every 182 minutes. For Inter, he was nothing more than an after-thought on their way to glory in 2010 while at City, he started just two of 12 matches, spread over two frustrating campaigns for both club and player. The third chapter in his Champions League career is back at the San Siro. For now. The thing with Mario is, you just never quite know what he is going to do next, and that includes choosing where to play. On Saturday, in a league game against Genoa, Balotelli missed a penalty in a frustrating 1-1 draw that sent the Italian giants down to 13th in Serie A. After the match he took to twitter to thicken the plot. This is the end. - Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) November 24, 2013 Before the Genoa match, he had told the Italian press I am happy at Milan and I am happy to be here. Balotelli certainly played happy, despite making it eight straight games without a goal, and was a menace throughout the match and arguably Milans best performer. That didnt stop Milan fans from voicing their complaints after the game towards Balotelli and his teammates. It is hard to blame them. Their performances, just like their league position, have not been good enough. Yet, with the transfer window closed until January, this is not a club Balotelli can run away from. At Inter and Manchester City, Balotelli was surrounded by a plethora of outstanding players who could easily demand a starting spot ahead of the Italian, who could happily move aside and away from having to perform on the field. At Milan, things are very different. An out-of-form Balotelli, smiling or sulking, remains the clubs best option up front. There will be no sitting on the bench for Mario. And so with that presents the self-proclaimed one of the best players in the world an opportunity, a run of games to help carry Milan back towards the top three in Serie A and into the last 16 of the Champions League. "Great atmosphere always brings the best out of me," he had said in the run-up to the game and so it proved. The game was effectively over as a contest just after half-time, with Milans both goals coming from corners that Celtic failed to deal with, killing the usual atmosphere Celtic Park is famed for. Much will be made of Kakas easy header inside the box to open the scoring but it was Balotellis run from a deep position that led to a free kick that won the corner and placed Milan into scoring territory. It was to be that kind of day for Balotelli, a day where he would have to bide his time, show patience and a mature side to his game when waiting to receive the ball. It is these kind of games that people have wondered about the 23-year-old. He is built very much like a striker who can play up top on his own, but his overall attitude and tendency to drift out of games is one of the reasons he hasnt started as many Champions League games as he should have. At Celtic, he had an appetite to come deep to receive the ball, start quick counter-attacks with his midfielders and drift wide to provide key outlets and pull the central defenders into areas they dont want to go. Balotelli would get rewarded for his hard work when he scored his eighth career Champions League goal in the second half, coming deep, before timing a run superbly, sprinting into space to receive a great ball from Riccardo Montolivo and finishing it off at the near post. He also used his supreme strength to brush aside the defender, let the ball run, and not even touch it until he kicked it into the net. He wasnt the best player on the pitch for Milan but on this night, he didnt need to be. The fantastic Kaka, playing behind Balotelli, was, as the Brazilian rolled back the years with a sensational performance that included powerful runs from distance, incisive passes and an ease at finding space. Kaka, unfortunately, wont be given such space by many teams in Italy and so the responsibility of carrying Milan back towards respectability falls at the feet of Balotelli. In Glasgow, perhaps without even knowing or caring, he passed another test of his footballing education and finally showed signs that he does have an ability to lead the line for a team in Europes elite club competition. He is far from one of the worlds best players but if he wants to get anywhere near to the level once shown by Maldini, and still shown by Xavi, the European Champions League gives him the stage to perform. We know how much he likes a stage, now it is up to him to ensure what he does on it. Why Always Me? The truth is it hasnt been about you enough, Mario. Brenton Bersin Jersey . -- Dee Ford prefers to keep things simple: Play hard and fast, and let others worry about his NFL draft stock. Shaq Thompson Jersey .The other side of the Bruins special teams unit delivered in the end.Gregory Campbell netted the game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining and the Bruins fended off a late four-minute San Jose power play to earn a wild 5-3 win over the Sharks. http://www.thepanthersofficialstore.com/authentic-daryl-williams-panthers-jersey/ . - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has nothing but good problems right now.Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he would like to have finished his final season with the Premier League title. The Chilean manager, who bids farewell to City this weekend to make way for Pep Guardiola, lifted the trophy during his first season with the club, and has also added two League Cup wins during his time in England. And while he is happy with the job he has done, he admits he would liked to have claimed the Premier League crown one more time. Of course, for me, it would have been an important thing if we had won the title this year, but we couldnt for different reasons, Pellegrini told Sky Sports News HQ.But we managed to win the Capital One Cup and we managed to be in the spot in the Champions League and continue to the semi-finals, but for me of course, the best thing to finish my work here would have be winning the Premier League because I think that is the most important competition - more than the Champions League. The club lifted the Premier League title in Pellegrinis first season at the Etihad Im very satisfied about the work I did because we are the best team of the last three seasons. When you compare which team has the most points, its our team. Who is the team who scored the most goals? Its our team.Who is the team who have the better goal difference and win more games? All of them are our term except the team that concedes more goals, but its just four more than Chelsea who have had the best defence in three seasons.I won three titles here, because we improved a lot in the Champions League, especially this season when we arrived in a semi-final. The season before I arrived here, the club didnt win any games in the Champions League. Manuel Pellgrini thinks if Manchester City finish fourth in the Premier League, there season should be seen as a success. I always feel that I can do it better of course. We had some moments in the season where we were not a very consistent team, we lost important games but it was a very special season for different reasons that are not important to analyse now so Im very happy about the work I did here for three years.It was at the start of February when it was announced that Pellegrini would be replaced by current Bayern boss Guardiola, who has had big success at the German club following his tenure at Barcelona where he won 14 trophies in four seasons including two Championss League titles. Taylor Moton Jersey. It was very difficult because it was a moment where we were involved with competitions and without that, it affected a lot of what happened. Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini as City manger in the summer But it was also important to be calm for all the other managers in the Premier League, because when Guardiola said he was coming to England, it started the speculation about Chelsea and Manchester United and City and I knew in that moment what would happen so I think it was the best way to do it.I think Man City are bringing in a very good manager that has been proven successful in all the clubs he has managed before and Im sure he will be successful here.Pellegrini will take plenty of stand-out moments from his time at City, including taking the club to their first Champions League semi-final this season where they were knocked out 1-0 on aggregate by Real Madrid. City made it to the Champions League semi-finals this season but were knocked out by Real Madrid Some of my highlights have been the way we won the first Premier League. I think that was the most cohesive team of England and we also won two titles in the first season that I was here. That we reached one step more in the Champions League that was so difficult for this team before - if you ask me that is one of our best moments.We were also very unlucky with the semi-final because you can say Real Madrid are playing in the final because we scored an own goal but I was not happy with the way we played, it wasnt about the pressure. But I doesnt mean it wasnt a great achievement to arrive at a semi-final and beating important clubs.Theres still work to do for Pellegrini as he looks to secure another top four finish for his side to ensure Champions League football next season, and they need just a point against Swansea on Sunday to beat their rivals Manchester United into the final place. City celebrated Capital One Cup success over Liverpool, the second time Pellegrini won the trophy City celebrated Capital One Cup success over Liverpool, the second time Pellegrini won the trophy I think one of the most important things we did over the three years is that we were always in the Champions League spots.During this season, we have played 37 weeks and in those weeks, we have been in those spots and I hope that we are not going to lose it on Sunday. It is a difficult game but I am sure for the third year in a row, we are going to have a spot in the Champions League. Also See: Pellegrini proud of City style Pellegrinis damaged legacy Sky Live: Swansea v Man City Final day live on Sky Sports Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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