Last week Carlos Tevez returned to action for Manchester City for the first time in six months, and set up Samir Nasri’s vital winner as Roberto Mancini’s men beat Chelsea 2-1.
With City a goal behind, Mancini called on the Argentine to enter the field after 66 minutes. It was the first City appearance for Tevez since the infamous incident at the Allianz Arena back in September where the forward seemingly refused to warm-up, though he denies this.
At the start of the month, Mario Balotelli urged fans not to boo Tevez on his return. Whilst in the past week playmaker Samir Nasri has said Carlos Tevez can play a ‘really important’ role in the closing stages of the season. Though there were some initial jeers as Tevez was about to take his place on the field, these were quickly drowned out by cheers which shows the most of the blue side of Manchester are backing Tevez at a crucial stage in the season.
Mancini and Tevez have had a strained relationship. Whilst last year the striker stated on Argentine TV that he would never return to Manchester after he left City, sparking further doubt into his future at the club. One thing for sure is that if Tevez can contribute to City claiming top spot then both him and his boss will be pleased, for the time being.
The Italian is now set to start Tevez in Saturday’s home clash against Sunderland as he looks for him to spearhead City’s title challenge . The past week saw Patrick Vieira claim United were ‘desperate’ by bringing back Paul Scholes out of retirement. However, Sir Alex Ferguson responded by saying Mancini is the more desperate one for bringing on Carlos Tevez against Chelsea, a player he said would never play for the club again.
Manchester United are currently three points clear at the top of the table with 8 games remaining. The run-in seems to favour the red devils whilst they are also known for closing seasons in fine form. Monday 30th April could be D-day for the two clubs with Manchester City hosting their arch-rivals at Eastlands. Whether or not city can overhaul United in top spot remains to be seen, if they were to do so it could be the fairytale finish for Tevez.