I help Mario avoid my mistakes: Carlos Tevez uses self-exile fiasco to nurture Manchester City’s fiery Balotelli

By Dean Wilkins

With a well-known explosive history between Roberto Mancini and himself, Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez is hoping to help Mario Balotelli avoid the same mistakes.

The 22-year-old Italian was pictured confronting his manager after a rash challenge on teammate Scott Sinclair earned him an early shower during training.

Despite Mancini’s attempts to tame the situation, the incident attracted huge criticism for both Balotelli and City and Tevez, who’s six-month self-exile following a spat with the Blues’ boss grabbed similar headlines, is trying to help his young strike partner.

The 28-year-old former captain fled to Argentina after a touchline dispute during City’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, but eventually returned to help the club lift the Premier League trophy.

And his mistake is something for Balotelli to learn from, as Tevez played down increasing rumours of a dressing room rift.

“I try to help Mario,” he said. “I talk to him personally, on and off the pitch.

“I’ve been in that moment like him.

“I’m always keen to help him and keep him going through these kind of moments, so he doesn’t make the same mistakes that I did in the past.”

As a former Manchester United striker, Tevez has trained at both ends of Carrington’s multimillion pound training park and insists that incidents like these are common – it is just the spotlight is always on City.

Sir Alex Ferguson slammed City for hanging out their dirty laundry in public, as a public pathway alongside the training ground allows paparazzi to keep a close eye on the league champions’ practice sessions.

However Tevez believes the incident was not something to worry about.

“There are these kind of things that have happened at all the clubs I’ve been, but here at City the spotlight is always on us, as it is always on Roberto and Mario,” he said.

“So here it always comes out – but this kind of thing happens everywhere.”

Picture courtesy of Yahoo UK, with thanks

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