The Argentina international has been away from the game due to continued controversies, however after returning to action against Chelsea, where he set up the winning goal, Valencia has spoken of the South American’s threat.
“If Carlos plays against us, I’m sure he’ll be motivated. He’s an excellent player, able to change a match in an instant. What he did against Chelsea was no surprise,” the Ecuador international told The Sun.
“But for Tevez to score the winner? I hope it doesn’t happen. And for us to fail and lose the title will bring pain for months. But I’m confident in my team.
“There’s a lot of pride in Manchester that our two clubs are the best in England. Our challenge is to win all our matches and to arrive with an advantage over City on derby day.
“I’m not saying whether that game will decide the title but it’s clear the winners will deliver a morale blow to the other club. So I expect a big battle and for us to avenge our 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight