Thiago Motta has urged Italy team-mate Mario Balotelli to act responsibly at Euro 2012.
The Manchester City striker is expected to lead the line for the Azzurri at the tournament and while Motta respects Balotelli’s quality, he asked his former Inter colleague to control his temper at the Euros.
“Balotelli has not changed anything from his time at Inter, he always makes me angry,” Motta told reporters at a press conference.
“He must realise that wearing the shirt of the national team is a big responsibility.
“He must be aware that with his characteristics, he can help us reach the next level in terms of quality, helping his team-mates on the field.
“Another key member of the team is Andrea Pirlo, who plays in a simple but effective way. We have to help him.”
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder then commented on Italy’s Euro 2012 opener against Spain, saying that his side face a difficult task against the reigning champions.
“Spain are a great side, we know how they play, but it will certainly not be easy to defeat them,” Motta noted.
“But Italy also have a great squad. We must step onto the pitch and try to do our best.”
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