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Tevez and Mancini have had a couple of recent spats, with Tevez blaming the front office staff when he recently threatened to retire if City did not sell him. Events suggested that Tevez's brief time at the club would end the same way that his spells at all his other clubs have ended: in acrimony. The club responded by stating it would not sell Tevez in January and Mancini stripped the player of the club captaincy. Tevez reacted by reversing himself and proclaimed his ''commitment" to City. Maybe the true explanation came in the
Tevez always tries hard, but at Newcastle he started like a man with extra motivation. After barely 90 seconds he intercepted one of Tim Krul's sloppy clearances, advanced on goal and slipped a clever pass to Gareth Barry who scored easily. In the sixth minute, Tevez scored himself. After Newcastle replied in the second half, Tevez squashed a possible revival with a goal scored with the help of a couple of deflections. After the first goal, Tevez reached into his sock. He pulled out a pacifier and sucked it while celebrating. His younger daughter is less than a year old. Maybe this was the gesture of a proud papa. But after some of the things said recently as the player's relationship with the club creaked, some of those in power at City might think he was laughing at them. Still, Mancini could hardly complain, Tevez, it seemed, was trying to bring a smile to soccer.