Friday 23 February 2018

Number's up for Tevez as City crush Blackburn

Blackburn 0 Man City 4

Adam Johnson got Manchester City off the mark in the win over Blackburn Rovers yesterday
Adam Johnson got Manchester City off the mark in the win over Blackburn Rovers yesterday

Mike Collett

Carlos Tevez's No 32 shirt was allocated to reserve goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon as Manchester City put four past hapless Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League yesterday.

City fans also displayed banners saying 'Tevez Out' at Ewood Park.

The 27-year-old Argentinian striker is serving a two-week club suspension for refusing manager Roberto Mancini's instructions to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

City bounced back from the debacle in Germany with a 4-0 win thanks to goals from Adam Johnson, Mario Balotelli, and substitutes Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic, who both scored their first goals for the club.

They trail rivals Manchester United on goal difference at the top of the table as the champions were made to sweat for their 2-0 victory over Norwich at Old Trafford.

Steve Morison and Anthony Pilkington both wasted good chances to put the visitors in front and were made to pay when Anderson got on the end of Wayne Rooney's header into the six-yard box. Norwich had further chances, Morison wasting a particularly good one, before Danny Welbeck finished off a fine move.

Tevez, meanwhile, is set to meet Manchester City officials within the next 48 hours to give his version of events. The former City captain has denied that he refused to replace Nasri as a 69th-minute substitute.

City have launched a probe into the events in Munich, however, which will involve coaching staff and Tevez's fellow substitutes.

Although Mancini has insisted Tevez will never play for City again, the club's attacking options were hit further with Sergio Aguero limping out of yesterday's game with a groin injury. But the fact Tevez's shirt number was allocated to Pantilimon, who has made one appearance for City in the League Cup against Birmingham City, was telling.

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