Tevez: I Didn't Feel Right To Play, So I Didn't
A hastily written attempt at saving face on behalf of Carlos Tevez is doing the rounds across the newswires. Lest we forget what he said in Munich last night...
In the bench video footage below you can see the attempt of Aleks Kolarov to urge Tevez on and how visibly upset Pablo Zabaleta is.
VMC's SOME MIGHT SAY: STAND BY MANCIO
City manager Roberto Mancini is massively respected throughout world football, yet his authority has been appallingly, openly challenged on the biggest club stage...
The man who fused a squad inside 17 months to win the FA Cup and direct qualification to The Champions League deserved far better than the petulant, expletive strewn invective he copped for from Edin Dzeko and the unprecedented absolute disgrace of Carlos Tevez's grotesque on bench strike in Munich. A poison is threatening to spill out into the City dressing room.
The extra security that greeted City's aeroplane at Manchester Airport early this morning should leave nobody in any doubt as to how furious City's supporters are with Tevez. Reknowned as a hardliner, Mancini's man management has been tested to the limit by a number of Mark Hughes' signings who he has strived to weed out and his own in Mario Baloteli.
But nobody could have predicted that on a night when Mancio took City to face one of world football's genuine superpowers that he would face the camera's smouldering with anger.
It's nailed on that Mancini can be guaranteed unwavering support from City's supporters.
'If we want to improve like a team, like a squad, Carlos cannot play with us. With me, no - it is finished. It may not be my decision but if I am deciding then, yes, he goes. For me, if a player earns a lot of money playing for Manchester City in the Champions League and he behaves like this - he cannot play again. Never. He has wanted to leave for the last two years. For two years I have helped him, and now he has refused to play. Never again.
'In the next day I am sure I will speak with Khaldoon al-Mubarak because he is the chairman and he will decide everything but let me ask a question: Do you think at Bayern Munich a player would ever behave like this. At Milan? At Manchester United? No. That is the answer. It is the same for everyone.
'Dzeko played a bad game, a poor game. Next time, maybe if he plays better he can stay on the pitch. He needs to improve his behaviour. I should be unhappy with his performance - not Edin. This is the last time that one of our players leaves the pitch and shakes his head. I can understand why a player is disappointed but I am furious with Dzeko and he will sit the next game next to me. This is the last time he has this behaviour.'
'You could see in the opening 25 minutes how difficult it was for us. We scored at just the right time. The whole team played completely flawlessly in the second half, and Ribéry and Schweinsteiger were simply world class tonight. We played against an outstanding team, but we dominated them in the second half. Altogether, it was a very cohesive performance by the team.'
At The Stadium:
'I didn't feel right to play, so I didn't. I was top goalscorer here last season, I always act professionally so it is up to him.'
Via His Agent Today:
'I would like to apologise to all Manchester City fans, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich.
'They understand that when I am on the pitch I have always given my best for the club. In Munich on Tuesday I had warmed up and was ready to play. This is not the right time to get into specific details as to why this did not happen. But I wish to state that I never refused to play.
'There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood.
'Going forward I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations.'
IN THE VMC FORUM:
'Losing to what at present is probably the 4th best team in the World is not exactly a disgrace. And if we'd not conceded on the stroke of half time then who knows. Having said that we weren't as good as we could have been.'
'Big stuff from Mancini today. He is the leader of the club and is acting accordingly...We have trophies to win this year and he is done messing around, I am behind you sir 200%. '
'If Tevez has refused to play in a match I'm sure our legal people can find a way of terminating his contract with immediate effect. Don't know if it's ever happened before, but an employee who refuses to carry out the duties for which he is amply paid is in breach of contract, no?'
'I think Tevez has managed to get his wish but we hold his registration and we should make sure he sits on a beach somewhere eating as many doughnuts as we can get into him over the next few months so that he's SO unfit he'll get out of breath tying his laces.'
'..I'm just suspicious of his post game reply, it sounded like a pre planned response. He's too daft to think on his feet.'
VMC citytv video link: Mancio Post Match Reaction
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