Only 24 hours after scoring a wonderful free kick, Mario Balotelli apologized to Orsato and showed that he rules the football media all around the world. Finally, after scoring his last decisive goal almost a month an a half ago, against Bologna on February 14th, the Milan striker finally celebrated the victory against the Viola with a smile, and even offered photos and autographs to the Milan fans at the entrance of Milanello, their training facility.
Then the striker apologized to the referee Orsato, who Balotelli criticized in the aftermath of the match against Fiorentina. After the match he stated: “Honestly, the referee on the field affected me the most today, he warned me and told me that I talked too much. I’ll always talk too much, but can’t we have a dialogue? To me, its a stupid situation.”
Balotelli apologized on the official club website today: “I’m sorry for the way I spoke about the referee yesterday, I really did not want to offend Mr. Orsato.”
The fate of Super Mario is always an important topic for the striker, there are always question marks surrounding his future. According to Radio Globo, Flamengo is trying to figure out a way to bring the striker to the Maracanã at the end of the World Cup. The transfer would be assisted by Adidas, who is the sponsor of the club, and also by a private company in Brazil, which often happens in the transfers of South America (The president of Flamengo and Adidas have both denied these statements).
Meanwhile, Milan will enjoy the fact that they have finally won. A victory hasn’t happened since the 2-0 at the Marassi against Sampdoria on 23 February: after that they lost four matches in a row (Juventus, Udinese, Atletico Madrid and Parma) and had one tie (Lazio). Winning has provided some relief, but the true story so far tells of a squad in 11th place, tied with Torino and Genoa: “We wanted to finish the streak of losses, now we must think about moving forward – Kaka said to the Milan Channel – I do not like retreats, but living this tough sequence of matches helped us grown, especially in training. The coach asked us to compact our defense tighter, we created a wall in front of the defense today, and we did not concede a goal.” Phillipe Mexes, the scorer of the first goal also spoke: “It was important to bring home a win, its good for morale as success is good for the whole group.”
The first thought of all the Rossoneri players is Claudio Lippi, a journalist from Milan Channel, who died just a year ago (on March 26) in a tragic car accident. “This victory is for Claudio, we are sad, even a year after his death and we are happy with the win and we all dedicate it to him.” said Kaka. “I dedicate my goal to Claudio, who was part of the Milan family and is always in our hearts.” added Phillipe Mexes.
Milan have struggled this season under both Clarence Seedorf and earlier on this year with Max Allegri. They are trying to reconstruct the squad and use this year as a learning experience.