The Mario and David Show
- Sun 01 Jul 2012, 8:30AM
- Posted by Chris Eccles
As Euro 2012 reaches it's conclusion, today's press is all about finalists Mario Balotelli and David Silva.
The Sun laments a general lack of English Premier League stars in the semi-finals and says that City boys Balotelli and Silva will be the only two Premier League players likely to make the final starting line-up.
After a match winning performance in the semi-final, Mario is the subject of a great deal of analysis, plaudits and advice from all corners of the media.
Even the usually disinterested United States has been touched by the Mario effect, with both the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle eulogising on the Italian striker.
Closer to home, The Guardian reports that Italian coach Cesare Prandelli has praised Balotelli's attitude saying,
"There comes a time when you have to be brave enough to accept other people's advice because the result becomes paramount. We have asked him to do certain things, and at this moment in time, he is doing them."
The Observer suggests that Mario is on the brink of becoming a genuine Italian folk hero, winning the hearts of his countrymen after dedicating his semi-final goals to his mother.
Rob Draper in The Daily Mail even goes as far as to suggest that Mario’s success at Euro 2012 could usher in a new age of inclusivity in Italian football.
The MEN reports that City’s title triumph lifts some of the pressure from Mario’s shoulders with the striker saying,
We won the league at Manchester City so having a good season for me doesn't depend on winning the Euros.
City’s other Euro 2012 finalist David Silva has been speaking to FIFA.com about how he believes tonight’s game will be very different from the earlier group clash saying,
“The first match with Italy here was tricky, but this one is not quite the same, mainly because it’s a case of win or bust. Ahead of the group-phase match, both teams knew that a defeat wouldn’t eliminate us. Of course, now the situation is very different, just as the game will be,”
Meanwhile, The Daily Star reports that Real Madrid are hoping to lure Silva away from Manchester with the Mirror suggesting City will deflect any interest from the Spanish capital with an £80million price tag.