Mario Balotelli admits he wasn’t expecting to start, let alone score a brace on his Milan debut. “I’m happy it turned out like that.”
SuperMario was meant to be on the bench, but thrown into the starting XI when Giampaolo Pazzini hurt his thigh in the warm-up, going on to score both goals in a 2-1 win over Udinese.
“I was supposed to be on the bench, but then Pazzo hurt himself so I played instead,” Balotelli told Sky Sport Italia.
“I’m happy it turned out like that, as I put in a good performance. We are strong in attack, even if I haven’t played much and feel my legs are heavy. I must work to improve my fitness levels.
“It is a good start, but now I must continue scoring goals. We created a great deal this evening, but Daniele Padelli performed some good saves.
“We deserved to win and in the end we did it.”
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