Roberto Mancini has heated exchange with Mario Balotelli

Handing it to Balotelli! Mario and Mancini in the spotlight after crossed word at training



00:37 GMT, 24 March 2012

If it's not Carlos Tevez, it's Mario Balotelli keeping Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini busy.

The Italian pair exchanged a few heated words before training at Carrington on Friday.

Head-to-head: Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli on Friday

Head-to-head: City boss Roberto Mancini pulled Mario Balotelli to one side for a chat before training…

The 21-year-old was hauled off by his manager and replaced with Gareth Barry at half-time of Wednesday's game against Chelsea and was evidently not best pleased.

The body language between the pair was as passionate as ever, but the heated exchange did not affect the training session.

City say there is no problem and this is what two passionate people do.

Tevez, another to give his manager a headache this season, returned to action in midweek and Aguero has backed him to boost City's title bid.

He said: 'Carlos is a key player because he's got five years' experience of playing in the Premier League. He will bring a lot to the party for what remains of the season.'

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… but he was soon playing up, shooting the kit man with two compressed air guns that the players use to clean their boots.