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Tevez tells Balotelli to avoid his mistakes

CARLOS TEVEZ has told Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli not to make the same mistakes he did.

Balotelli, 22, was pictured last week in an apparent physical confrontation with manager Roberto Mancini in what was the latest chapter of a controversial and incident-packed spell at Eastlands.

Tevez is no stranger to controversy himself, having been out of the City side for a long spell last season after refusing to warm up during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old Argentina striker, who eventually returned to the City side to win a Premier League winner's medal last term, said: "I try to help Mario. 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."

Tevez (right) did not feel the training-ground incident with Mancini, which was sparked by a tackle from Balotelli on Scott Sinclair, was a big deal.


"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."

Manager Roberto Mancini's decision to bury the hatchet with Balotelli following their training ground bust-up on Thursday may pay further dividends after Sergio Aguero confirmed he has a torn hamstring muscle that could keep him out for several weeks.

Balotelli will have to help fill that gap and the Italian striker played for 20 influential minutes in the stroll to a 3-0 win over Watford, including the assist for an injury-time goal by Marcos Lopes, a Portuguese attacking midfielder who turned 17 only last week.

Carlos Tevez's rocket of a free-kick opened the scoring and Gareth Barry's header just before the break to end the Championship side's chances.

City's thoughts will now turn to once more trying to rein in league leaders Manchester United, starting away to Arsenal at the Etihad next Sunday.