Tevez scored the winning goal against Bolton to put City within three points of leaders Arsenal but blotted his copybook by shouting at Mancini and brushing him aside after the manager had substituted him in the last minute of normal time.
ROUND 1: Tevez and Mancini erupt at Eastlands as captain and manager clash during win over NewcastleROUND 2: Balotelli involved in training ground scrap with Man City team-mate Boateng Enlarge Bust up: Carlos Tevez has words with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini after being substituted
The Argentine, who had adressing-room bust up with Mancini earlier in the season, had to beheld back by his replacement James Milner. He sulked in his seat asCity saw out victory in injury-time.
A friend of Tevez said: 'Carlos wasextremely disappointed to be substituted because he wants to play everyminute of every game.'
But Mancini last night claimed hewas 'happy' with Tevez's reaction to coming off, even though thestriker appeared to shove his manager out the way as Mancini came tothe touchline to congratulate him on his performance.
Enlarge I'm the boss: Mancini lays down the law to Tevez
'I am happy about what happened. Iwould like every player to be like Carlo and want to stay on the pitch,but I needed Balotelli on the pitch as he is taller.'
Internal strife is threatening toderail City's season. Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng had atraining-ground row on Friday while stars such as Emmanuel Adebayorwant to leave.
Ironically, things are going wellfor City in the title race, with Tevez's fourth-minute goal provingdecisive. The club's immediate problem is how to cope without him atWest Ham on Saturday, when he will be banned.
Off you go: Mancini points Tevez towards the dressing rooms
A pre-recorded interview with Tevezis due to be screened by City's TV station on Monday in which he singsthe praises of Mancini.
The Italian is urging his players towin without Tevez. 'I think we are maybe too selfish in front of goal,'he said. 'We must improve. Sometimes when you have a lot of chances,you think the game is easy and have a lot of shots yourself.
'I continue to think Chelsea will win the title but we must continue to work hard and in the end we can see.'
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