Mancini reconciles after Tevez offered him an olive branch
The Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini has accepted the olive branch offered by Argentinean striker Carlos Tevez just a couple of days ago. According to reports the boss of Eastlands will meet Tevez on Thursday before allowing him to return to training and reinstating him in the first team.
In a recent interview, Mancini confirmed that Tevez had been welcomed back by Manchester City and that the prodigal striker will be back in action as soon as possible. Mancini also said that Tevez would take around two weeks to make his return to the first team.
Mancini was exuberant after City’s 4-0 Europa League victory over Porto. In his interview to ESPN, Mancini also commented on the Tevez saga by saying, “I checked what Carlos said on his statement and tomorrow I will talk with him. I have accepted his apology.”
The 27-year-old forward spent much of his winter in his motherland, Argentina following highly publicized bust up with Mancini. The Italian manager accused Tevez of refusing to warm-up for the Champions League game against Bayern Munich.
“I did say he was finished at the time,” Mancini continued.
“But then one week after Munich I called him to my house and said ‘Carlos, apologize to everyone and this will be finished for me' - I don't have any problem.
“Yes, he can play again. I think he needs two or three weeks to train and play games of some sort but if he is in shape then of course he can be back.”
Tevez will not be able to play in Europa League as his name wasn’t sent in the squad list for tournament however he will be featured in other contests such as the English Premier League where Manchester City are still on top of the table.
The Citizen’s cruised into the last 16 of Europa League after hammering Porto to a 4-0 defeat. Mancini was happy see his men playing together with increased chemistry.
“I think that we played a good game, it was difficult but we knew this before the game because Porto are a tough team,” Mancini commented. “We won 4-0 and maybe this was too much but we won and we’re through to the next stage.
“It was good, it was important to score quickly but after Porto had lots of possession and we had to play with that.”