Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 10/2/11
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With Carlos Tevez suspended and Edin Dzeko dropped to the bench after the midweek controversy in Munich, the often controversial Balotelli is now being held up as a model of consistency. Balotelli, who was preferred to the Bosnian in City's starting line-up, capped a superb individual performance when he stole in front of Steven Nzonzi to stab home his side's second on the hour. Adam Johnson had given City the lead three minutes earlier, and later goals from Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic heaped more woe on beleaguered Blackburn boss Steve Kean, with a large section of fans calling for his head. In the post-match absence of City boss Roberto Mancini, first-team coach David Plat said: "What Mario has been doing in the last six or seven weeks is [finding] consistency in his training. "Mario has had a lot of column inches in the last 12 months and a lot of it has been negative. All the criticism he has got is fine but now I think he deserves the plaudits as well. "He came on last week an...
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