Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tevez - Mancini Break Up Saga !

ROBERTO MANCINI insists Carlos Tevez is finished at City after the striker refused to play for him.

The Argy said "No" when asked to go on as sub with his side trailing to two Mario Gomez goals.

Boss Mancini raged: "He is finished. He refused to go on. I can't accept this. He won't play with me again. I don't want another situation like tonight, never. With me he is finished.

"In the next few days, I will speak with the chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak.

"Do you think a player can do this at Bayern Munich, Milan or Manchester United? Never.


"This can't happen in a top club when a player refuses to help his team-mates in an important match like tonight."

Tevez was upset when Mancini subbed fellow striker Edin Dzeko for holding midfielder Nigel de Jong.

Mancini added: "For the first change, I decided to change Edin with Nigel because I wanted to make sure we didn't concede a third goal as we were 30 minutes to the end.

"Then Carlos refused to warm up and go on the pitch.

"He was going to be the second substitution. I decide this, not Carlos.

"If a player earns a lot of money to play for Manchester City in this competition and refuses to play, then he can never play for us again."

Bosnian Dzeko was also angered by Mancini's decision and threw a strop after leaving the pitch.

Mancini said: "Dzeko is disappointed but the manager can do what he thinks.

"No player can play very well in every game. I need to speak with him.

"Next time he can stay on the bench with me."

Tevez came out to defend himself afterwards — but ended up dodging the issue entirely. 

He said: "I have been professional during all my time here."

"Last season I was also the top scorer and I put my opinion across that I wanted to leave for family reasons — but I keep trying to do my best."

City No 2 David Platt urged for calm. He said: "Roberto will sleep on it and deal with it in the way he sees fit.

"We have to put this away for a couple of days and settle this internally."

The defeat leaves City with just one point from their first two Champions League games.

But things could have been different had they been awarded a penalty on four minutes when David Silva was felled by former City defender Jerome Boateng.

Mancini said: "For me it was a penalty but the referee did not see.

"We played well for 30 minutes but then we conceded the first goal, which was a stupid goal. When they got the second goal, the game was finished there.

Mancini instructs Tevez to warm up as Tevez just watches on.

"For us, at this moment, this Bayern team is too strong. But we have another four games and when we meet them for a second time in Manchester, this time we can do better.

"We played well for 30 minutes and had chances but, at this level, if you don't run for 90 minutes then you have a problem. We did not work very well after 20 minutes."

City defender Kolo Toure was back in European action for the first time since his drugs ban.

The Ivory Coast centre-back said: "We started very well but then we didn't defend as a team. Obviously the manager will resolve that.

"Bayern are a very experienced team and all we can do is learn from this game."

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