Cassano issues Balotelli warning

Ahead of their European Championship final clash on Sunday with Spain, Italy’s Antonio Cassano has warned his strike partner Mario Balotelli to watch his temperament in the high pressure encounter (Spain 11/10, draw 11/5, Italy 14/5 – Match Betting).

The Manchester City star helped the Azzurri (6/4 to lift the cup) book their place in the final of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine thanks to his fine brace in the 2-1 victory over the much-fancied Germans in the semi-finals.

So far, Balotelli has done well to keep his fiery temperament under wraps but the controversial figure has been guilty of succumbing to the pressure in the past and losing his cool.

Cassano has admitted he is an admirer of Balotelli’s spirit but believes the 21-year-old must address his attitude to the game.

He told The Sun on Sunday: “Balotelli is young and still needs to mature. He is also emotive and sometimes his temperament can be his own worst enemy.

“But he has fire in his stomach and it makes him strong, so you have to be careful how you handle him.

“To tame him would be wrong, though he has to learn to control his emotions and direct them in a positive way.”

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