Carlos Tevez gets into full swing to help Manchester City fight for the Title
Look who is talking again. What’s the word for being “out of favor but then being called again to save the club”… oh yeah, it’s Carlos Tevez.
The Argentina international has had the worst relationship with a club that a player can endure for the past year. The football prodigy, who was bought from Manchester United as an act of defiance and to throw one in the face of archrivals – the Red Devils, is in superb form since his re-introduction in the team.
The former West Ham United striker was signed in from Manchester United for £47 million in 2009. Ever since his admittance into Eastlands, Tevez has become one of the most controversial players in Europe. Tevez’s undying-form with Manchester City helped him acquire the Golden Boot in 2010-11 season but soon afterwards locker-room bust-ups and quarrels with manager Roberto Mancini sidelined Tevez’s role on the field.
Well, to be fair also played a role in benching himself. The 28-year-old striker refused to play for the club on a number of occasions and took leaves without permission. The relationship between Tevez and Mancini were at an all time low at the beginning of 2012. It was basically hanging by a thread that could be defined by the five-year-contract Tevez had inked when he came to City.
However, Tevez has turned over a new leaf since New Year’s Eve. Not only has he apologized to the club for his juvenile behavior but has taken back his transfer request. Mancini has happily accepted his apology and welcomed him back to the club. Undoubtedly, the Italian manager would be eager to put the talented striker back on the field.
And for right reasons…
Although it hasn’t been long since Tevez’s rejuvenation, the forward has found back his form once again. Tevez played a key role in hammering Norwich City to a 6-1 defeat on Saturday. Tevez scored a hat-trick at Carrow Road, as City continues to trail United with a five-point difference.
After the game, Tevez thanked Mancini for giving him a second chance at City in spite of his four-month strike. Tevez also stated that the title-race was not over for Manchester City yet. Tevez reckons City can still go on to win the league from United.
“Of course we can still win the title,” Tevez said. “Obviously we have to put pressure on United. We just need to continue to play the way we are and we will arrive at the top. Mathematically it's not impossible.”
Rumors of Tevez’s re-birth at City started around New Year’s Eve but it wasn’t until February that Tevez came up with a formal apology, especially for drama he caused at the Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September. Nonetheless, all that is water under the bridge now. Tevez has already made six appearances and two starts for City. He has also scored four goals.
“I am very happy that I played very well (against Norwich), but the most important thing is that I want to say thank you to my colleagues for all the support they have given me since I arrived,” Tevez continued. “It wasn't easy coming back to training and to play but they have given me a lot of support and the technical staff have been very good to me too. I really appreciate everyone's help.”