What are you trying to hide, Mario Balotelli camouflages his car… but high-vis Mancini stands out on his bike
14:23 GMT, 10 November 2012
There's no disguising it, Mario Balotelli is normally not one to blend in with the crowd. But Manchester City's enigmatic Italian seems to be bucking the trend with his new camouflaged car.
As City prepare for the visit of Tottenham to the Etihad, the 22 year-old striker arrived at the Carrington complex in an unmissable Bentley Continental GT.
Balotelli, who crashed his car in the Deansgate area of Manchester earlier this year, once again turned heads with City staff eyeing up the vinyl wrap addition on the 160,000 motor.
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Meanwhile, following road accidents involving Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton this week, City boss Roberto Mancini was doing his best to stand out on the road.
Wearing a helmet and a high-vis jacket, Mancini looked fully at ease on two wheels, with a clear signal to the right before making a textbook entry into Carrington.
In plain sight: A well-dressed and well-drilled Roberto Mancini prepares to enter Carrington
Balotelli and his team mates get back to the bread-and-butter business of the Premier League tomorrow, determined to bounce back from their midweek European embarrassment.
Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Ajax leaves Mancini's side teetering on the edge of Champions League elimination from the group stages for the second year in succession, but assistant boss David Platt is backing City to continue their unbeaten domestic season.
Platt said: 'Players are resilient animals and people don't give them credit for that. They think that players get affected and things like that.
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'Disappointment or any pleasure lasts a very short time because immediately there's another game coming your way and the boys have got to put their boots back on again.
'This is the first day we've had back when we're all together and my experience would tell me that that will happen after the next game too.'
Their defensive frailties were exposed again by Ajax on Tuesday but they have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games.
To build on that record they will need to quell the threat of Tottenham's in-form frontman Jermain Defoe, who scored a hat-trick in a Europa League win over Maribor on Thursday.
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The 30-year-old is a player former England Under-21 coach Platt is well aware of.
Platt said: 'He is potent. Defoe will always score goals. He could go six or seven games without scoring but you know if he does there is a glut coming because his stats tell you he scores goals.
'He is 5ft 3in – he'll have pop at me for that – but a cross comes in and he gets a header in the six-yard box.
'When a ball comes into the box he knows how to finish, he knows what to do. He has very early pictures in his mind about how he is going to score, no matter what angle it is.
David Silva is back in training after a month out with a hamstring injury and has a chance of featuring. Defender Joleon Lescott is also back in contention after a back problem.