Mario Balotelli has been told to grow up by coach Clarence Seedorf after he broke into tears following the team’s loss to Napoli in the Serie A.
The Italian got emotional, after he was substituted in the second half, following a bad miss, but Seedorf has said that it is all part of his road to maturity and he is willing to help the 23-year-old.
“We are players and there are times when we express ourselves that way. I see nothing wrong or abnormal in that. I experienced it at times too,” Seedorf told reporters after the match.
“These are things we can all improve on and I’m happy he has so many areas to improve, as I can help him through that education.”
Seedorf says he was impressed with Adel Taarabt’s debut, but bemoaned the loss to Rafa Benitez’s men, a result that leaves them 10th on the table.
“Taarabt had a great debut. He showed a lot of quality, worked hard and scored a great goal. He presented himself well,” the coach continued.
“It was a step backwards in terms of the result, but I also saw many positive things. Unfortunately we had prepared it a certain way, then Kaka and Keisuke Honda got ill, so I had to make changes.
“As well as to get as many points as possible, my job is to help improve the players who I found in not great physical condition. That needs time.”