Manchester City: Battle Of Egos As Roberto Mancini and Carlos Tevez Lock Horns Again

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIOctober 5, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City is congratulated by Manager Roberto Mancini as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the City of Manchester Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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It seems all is not peaches and cream at the worlds richest club. Reports have emerged in the last 24 hours, of a huge bust up between boss, Roberto Mancini and skipper, Carlos Tevez.

The row took place at half-time during Manchester City's 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Sunday.

The Argentine is unhappy about the amount of goal-scoring opportunities he has received so far this season.

He has scored five goals in the league so far. Two though have come from the penalty spot.

As the team entered the dressing room for the half-time team talk on Sunday, Mancini overheard Tevez mutter something in his mother tongue.

The frustrated Italian, confronted his star striker and a blazing row ensued.

Members of staff had to intervene as the heated discussion threatened to escalate further.

The two are huge personalities and arguments like this have happened in the past.

Most notably before the Manchester derby last April, when Tevez — in an interview with a British newspaper- said that he thought Mark Hughes didn't deserve to be sacked. He also complained about the double training sessions implemented by Mancini.

After the matter had cooled down, the two went into Mancini's office and held clear the air talks.

Tevez took his place back on the field for the second-half, and in turn helped his side to the three points.

When he was substituted he shook hands with Mancini, it what looked like a sign of unity.

We are now not so sure.

Its clear that both Mancini and Tevez are born winners, but their ideas on football couldn't be further apart.

Mancini, has a typical Italian philosophy. Which relies heavily on a solid back line and being able to grind out results.

This is clearly what City have been putting into practice this year. Playing with a solid back-four and three defensive midfielders.

It is not the most attractive style of play, but it has been effective, as City have defeated Chelsea and Liverpool and they currently lie second in the table.

Tevez, has more of a South American approach to the game. With style and flair the biggest components to success.

Unfortunately City do not have the players to sufficiently play this type of game.

Although Tevez was wrong to question his manager in such a way, it does show that he is committed to the club and really wants to bring success to the club he proudly captains.

What would the club hierarchy think of such a bust up?

They should be happy, it shows that the two most powerful people on the footballing side of the club, have the desire and the passion which is needed to push this club in the right direction. 


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