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Comings, Goings & Cup Finals

With the countdown to the FA Cup Final in full swing speculation abounds about City captain, Carlos Tevez, amongst other things.

It is known that instead of Tevez joining the squad and watching City's sensational win over United from the bench, Tevez selected to go to Italy allegedly to seek treatment under the guidance of the Argentine physio in whom he has great faith...or was it an underhand way that a certain agent could place him within hearing distance of AC or Inter Milan? One seriously has to wonder.

With nobody giving us a prayer against the reds,Tevez or more importantly an agent probably thought 'No trophies again this year my son. Time to go' and the result probably came as a shock.

Suddenly he is ahead of schedule, wants to be back for the key mach against Tottenham and then play in the Cup Final where as Mancini's captain he will be looking to climb the hallowed steps and parade the trophy. His final ywo fingers in the direction of Mr Ferguson before heading off to pastures new.

There is little doubt that wherever he has played, Tevez has made a difference, a quality close to my heart, but sometimes his motives look questionable.

Last Sunday we did not look a poorer team for his absence. We probably looked more balanced and nothing seemed to centre upon a single performer. In all it was a perfect team effort. If he comes back for the final it will probably be at the expense of Adam Johnson, leaving us very narrow with no natural outlet. Against a team like Stoke, that is a disturbing prospect. I can't see Mancini leaving out Balotelli, provided he continues his upturn over the next matches and the central trio of de Jong, Barry and Toure look pretty well immovable along with David Silva. So key decisions could be vital for the Final and it will be interesting to view the outcome.

We move on to Ewood Park next and we should have enough to beat this team who displayed some of the worst anti-football I have ever seen at City. Sam Allardyce told TalkSport that he had become labelled with being along ball merchant and playing negative football. He pointed to his successes in his defence. Well Sam, re-run that one. I can't readily think of a worse match even when we were in the equivalent of League One.

The secret here is once again to get on the front foot and move the ball quickly up to Balotelli and Toure. Get an early goal and then a second as they look for the equaliser. It is not to sit behind 0-0.

With West Ham on the horizon and on the precipice next week, b next Sunday we can be two games and six points closer to the Champions League and if Arsenal's decline continues we could be looking at stepping up to third rather than fourth, leaving the Gooners looking over their shoulder at Spurs and now Liverpool.

The title looks to be wearily making its way up the M6 towards a well-known stadium just outside Manchester. It is our job to ensure that the FA Cup follows it on 14 May and does not stop off at Junction 15.




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Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 24 2011

Time: 12:27PM

Your Comments

Bit too much anti-Tevez stuff for me Ped. Us City fans need to remember where we've come from sometimes.
Spooks
I now what you're saying, but I don't think we'll be seeing him next season, mate. Disappointing, but the nature of the beast I'm afraid.
pedmachine
Not got a problem wit that Ped, and I can understand some of the fans taking against him, but the reality is that whatever he does in the summer, we're going to need him for the run-in. The club must have sanctioned his treatment in Milan (the quicker he's fitter the better) and it's everyone else and the Daily Mail loving the conspiracy theories. Yes, he'll probably go, but I don't agree with adding to the ***** stirring at such an important time of the season!
Spooks
I have to wonder whether the club had much choice in Tevez going to Milan - if he's made his feelings clear about leaving us he'll just tell the manager/chairman to go spin and do what he wants - Mancini may be privately seething for all we know, but keeping a lid on such a huge distraction at this particular point of the season, ie quietly letting him burger off rather than kicking up a fuss is surely the best thing for all concerned? Personally not terribly fussed about Tevez any longer - he's proved that he's mortal over the last dozen games, and all he does is distort the shape of the team if he's not weighing in with goals. Will never forget what he's done for us, but he'll never be a City legend either.
fifthcolumnblue
FCB - I think that's fair comment.
Spooks
Papers today touting a possible money + Sneijder for Tevez deal. I'd bite their hand off if there is any truth (but with our papers there is often a <50% chance of that), Sneijder is *the* best attacking midfielder in the world and to get money with him for a player who wants out would be excellent business.
StuMCFC
Also, Stretford's finest want Sneijder desperately. Would be great to see him come to us and they get stuck with Carrick & Fletcher
pedmachine
Yes, that's another incentive if him being the very best in his position isn't enough. Nani and Sneijder could break world records for most assists.
StuMCFC
We're going to need all hands on deck for the last seven games so Tevez will get a shout. He's never out injured for long. That said, any player who puts in a transfer request at City, well, imho it's game over from that point on. I view him now as someone we should try to get everything we can out of before he leaves. But I would not make him captain again.
Johnny Baguette
 

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