BALOTELLI IS A THREAT

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has said that the England players should be warned enough about the threat posed by the Manchester city striker Mario Balotelli ahead of the match with Italy in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012.

England will be facing Italy in quarter-finals of the competition after their qualified from their group as the winners ahead of France. As a result, they will not be facing current world champions Spain in the quarter-final stage, which in itself is a major boost according to former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who has travelled with the England national team as part of the coaching staff.

The experience of the 37-year-old has been extremely crucial in the first three matches of the campaign. England have been able to defend bravely and in great numbers due to the experience offered by the former Manchester United defender. They are expected to once again put in a very tight and defensive display against Italy. The 2006 World Cup winners are expected to start with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli up front, and the England team should be warned enough about the talent of the 21-year-old. Antonio Cassano is expected to start from the bench.

“Joleon will know him better than we do, that’s the great thing. There will be no surprise for Joleon on Sunday and the same for John Terry who’ll have played against him as well, so that’s a good thing. But obviously knowing and playing against him means that there will be that added extra spice that Balotelli himself will want to put one over on England. He plays in the country, he’s a big figure in England with respect to the media he gets and he’s a champion of England now with Manchester City and he will be very difficult to play against,” said Neville.

GARY WILL BE GREAT

Everton defender Phil Neville has said that his brother and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville will be a great coach at the Euro 2012 for England. It was recently announced that the former Manchester United defender, who is currently working as a pundit for Sky Sports, will be travelling along with the England squad to the Euro 2012 as one of the coaches.

He is expected to aid England in the defensive aspect. England have been lacking a major right back who is capable of challenging with the best in the world since the retirement of Gary Neville. Phil Neville has said that there will certainly be no clash of qualities because Gary Neville is one of the honest men one can ever find.

Phil Neville has said that Gary Neville is not the type of person to say a different thing compared to what is on his mind. It is this honest take that will come to his rescue at the Euro 2012 according to his brother. Phil Neville also said that he never planned to travel with the England squad for the Euro 2012 because he is only concerned about playing at the moment. However, he has said that he is taking his coaching badges now.

“I know what Gary will do for the squad. It came as a bolt out of the blue. He has had such a successful time with Sky and I think he was looking to put his feet up this summer. The first thing I thought was ’what a clever move by Roy Hodgson’. From a PR exercise, he has not gone for a yes man, he has gone for someone who will challenge him and the team. I think it was a masterstroke. There is a new era coming in now. I am really positive and quite excited,” Neville said.

CHELSEA IN LAST CHANCE SALOON

Former Manchester United defender and current Skysports pundit Gary Neville has said that Chelsea’s dream of winning the title this season would vanish if they lose to Manchester City on Monday night. After suffering a lot of hiccups during the season, Chelsea finally seem to be getting their act together with two consecutive 3-0 wins over Newcastle United and Valencia.

Still, Gary Neville is sceptical about Chelsea’s chances of winning any silverware this season, while he also says that Andre Villas-Boas needs to strengthen his team a lot more during the summer. Gary Neville has prompted a strong response from Andre Villas-Boas in the past, with the Chelsea manager claiming that Neville has no idea about the Chelsea dressing room.

Gary Neville recently saw his former team Manchester United crash out of the Champions League, while their neighbours Manchester City also suffered the same fate. However, Chelsea managed to progress into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Valencia under difficult circumstances. Just when it seemed that everything seems to be normal at Stamford bridge, Gary Neville has come out with the statement that Chelsea’s hopes of winning the title this season may finally come to an end a should they lose to Manchester City.

Manchester City are the visitors to the Stamford bridge this weekend in one of the most important matches of the season. Despite being very early in the season, it is billed as the match that could see City finally suffer their first defeat of the season. “But for Chelsea, it’s also as big as it has been this season. If they lose, they’ll be 13 points behind City and it will be difficult to get back in the title race. But if they win, everyone will think they’ve returned to form,” Neville wrote in a column for The Mail on Sunday.