Tevez believes Mancini row was a blessing in disguise

Manchester City striker Carlos TevezManchester City striker Carlos Tevez believes that his falling out with manager Roberto Mancini last season has turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Tevez was left out of the Manchester City squad for almost six months after he refused to warm-up in a Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich last September. However, after making up with Mancini and the adoring Manchester City faithful, Tevez has made an impressive beginning to the new campaign scoring in all three games thus far.

The Argentinian striker now wants to make winning trophies at Manchester City his main priority. Tevez told The Guardian: “I am focused on my club and on the Premier League and the Champions League.

“This is what I wanted to do – to have this hunger for success back again. The disagreement with Roberto has ended up being good for me because it has helped give me back this hunger.”

Despite Tevez’s recent patch of form, he has been overlooked by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella for their World Cup Qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru. Tevez’s team-mate for club and country Sergio Aguero is a surprise inclusion in the Argentinean squad after recovering from his knee injury – sustained in the opening day victory at home to Southampton – quicker than expected.

Tevez’s 24-year-old strike partner believes that if he continues to show a good run of form, he will soon earn his national call-up, “he is playing very well, looking quick and strong. If he keeps playing that way, Sabella will be looking at him,” Aguero said.

Tevez also offered his opinion on Manchester City’s tough Champions League Group which consists of the champions of Spain, Germany and Holland – Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax, admitting that he is looking forward to one particular fixture in the group.

“Real will be very difficult rivals but they are great games to play in and even more so because of the group we are in. Cristiano [Ronaldo] is a former team-mate and he is playing as well as ever.”

Meanwhile, it is thought that Aguero may have landed himself in hot water Roberto Mancini after the Manchester City manager insisted that his star striker would not be travelling back to his homeland to play the second of Argentina’s World Cup Qualifiers.

Aguero, however, insists that he consulted Mancini on playing for his country, “I explained to the manager that I would see the national team medical staff and he was satisfied with that. I am going to be well looked after. Three days ago I started running and now I am going to consult the doctor here. I still have some pain but we will see how it develops.”

If Aguero remains unscathed then he and Tevez should resume their flourishing partnership at the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City on 15th September.