Former Manchester City player and manager, Joe Royle, has told talkSPORT that Mario Balotelli getting sent off at Arsenal could well have won them the Premier League.
The temperamental Italian striker spent the majority of the first-half in their 1-0 defeat to the Gunners putting in poor challenges on Bacary Sagna and an exceptionally bad one on Alex Song, in the end the 21-year-old was shown a red card for two bookable offences.
But his replacement for the last five games, Carlos Tevez, has scored four times as they have usurped rivals Man United and put in some excellent team performances when, after his misdemeanour in Munich, it had looked like he may never play for Man City again.
And Royle believes that Roberto Mancini’s decision to forgive the Argentine and reintroduce him to the starting line could well be vindicated if they lift the Premier League trophy on Sunday afternoon.
“In my own humble opinion I think Tevez and Aguero as a pair are City’s best bet [to play against QPR]. You don’t use trust and Balotelli in the same sentence because that has been his problem.
“He has been volatile and arguably the situation at Arsenal worked for Man City, whereby when he got sent off Mancini had to bring back Tevez and they’ve never looked back since.
“I don’t think [Mancini] handled the [Carlos] Tevez situation as well as he might have done, but they have come storming back.
“He’s bought great players, Yaya Toure has been exceptional, and there is no doubt in my mind that they have the best players assembled.
“If they win the Premier League he’ll be totally vindicated.”