Saturday 24 February 2018

Importance of Tevez played down by Mancini

Roberto Mancini: insists he won't gamble on fitness of any player for Cup final
Roberto Mancini: insists he won't gamble on fitness of any player for Cup final

Ian Herbert

Roberto Mancini declared yesterday that Manchester City are no longer dependent on Carlos Tevez for success and have built a team that can take them to the Champions League and triumph in the FA Cup final without him.

Tevez finally resumed training with City on Wednesday, completing 15 minutes' work, and the City manager revealed: "He wants to do everything as he wants to play."

However, the Argentinian's belief that he can recover from a hamstring injury to make the Wembley final against Stoke next Saturday is not been shared by the club's medical staff.

Mancini reiterated yesterday that Tevez must play a part against Tottenham in the league on Tuesday if he wants to feature against Stoke. I need every player 200pc for the final. I can't play with one player who is 50pc. It is impossible," said the manager.

"Without him, we are missing a fantastic striker. He scores a lot of goals. But we have built a team this season. We have bought a lot of good players. Even when we are missing one or two important players, we have a team. We always have a team. By this way we can improve everything."

Tevez's 25 goals in all competitions dwarf the contribution of City's other players -- Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure are the next best contributors with 10 each -- but Mancini said the collective is bigger than any individual.

"If we want to improve as a team and keep on winning then you have to play without important players like Carlos, Yaya, like (David) Silva," he added. "Those players are important, but it's also important you improve as a team."

Mancini, for whom a potentially vital 10 days in the club's history begins with a difficult trip to Everton (who have beaten them in six of their last seven encounters) today, again cited Manchester United as the prime example of collective strength.

"United played eight or nine different players (against Schalke on Wednesday) from the side that will play against Chelsea. If you want to win, you want to win like this. When you can make these changes, you can still also play to win like them.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger last night entered the Club v Country row by voicing concerns over possible burn-out of some of his best young players.


The Arsenal manager is to speak to England coach Fabio Capello about Jack Wilshere's call-up to the England U-21 squad for the European Championships in Denmark this summer and criticised new Wales manager Gary Speed for handing the principality's captaincy to Aaron Ramsey at the age of 20.

Wilshere (19) will have clocked up 53 appearances this season if he plays in Arsenal's final three games.

If, as expected, Wilshere goes to the finals, Wenger will give the player four week's rest, meaning he will miss pre-season and the start of the season.

Speed's surprise decision to make Ramsey captain ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier against England still rankles with Wenger. "I feel the Welsh period came a bit early for him," said Wenger. "I really feel it was a bit too much pressure on him after not being completely ready himself." (© Independent News Service)

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