Just prior to the biggest Manchester derby in years, Carlos Tevez has stated his unhappiness at the training regime implemented by Roberto Mancini, despite the fact that Manchester City are currently favourites to land that coveted fourth place, in the race for Champions League football next season. In a very honest interview with the Daily Mail the Argentinean forward questioned his manager’s strenuous methods on the training pitch.
Tevez said: “The players are not happy. We are at the end of a long season, we have big matches, we are tired but there are still double training sessions, morning and afternoon. Then, the next day, we train for two hours. I do not understand.”
Tevez, who has been in blistering form for City over the past few months, and has now scored 28 goals this season, did add that he respects Mancini greatly and we know that he will always give his all when he puts on the sky blue shirt, but were his comments really necessary? When things on the pitch are going so well it would probably be best for him to keep quiet and continue to let his goals do the talking. By criticising Mancini’s methods I don’t think he is respecting his manager. And, in fact, it is probably something to do with Mancini’s punishing schedule that Man City’s and Tevez’s form is so good.
Tevez seemed in a particularly outspoken mood as he also aired his opinion on the infamous poster that greeted visitors to Manchester when he made the switch from red to blue last summer. Before now, he seemed to welcome the marketing ploy but maybe distancing himself from it is now a wise move and will earn him a little more sympathy in future from the United supporters.
He said: “I never understood the intention of that poster. What was the point? Tell me. Was it to welcome me to Manchester City, or was it to anger Manchester United? Nobody ever told me. I’m indifferent towards it, but it is important you know I had nothing to do with the poster. I’d have preferred for it not to have been there. I have respect for all the clubs I used to play for. That was not showing respect, was it?”
And the 26-year-old also demonstrated the affection with which he held former manager Mark Hughes, the man who brought him to Eastlands, stating that the board’s decision to sack him last year was premature. It, again, demonstrates his honesty but I can’t help but feel such statements are a little naïve when such a big game is just around the corner – the club must look forward not back.
He said: “It is their club, their money. But you ask me if I thought it was the right decision and the answer is “no”. I will play for any manager; I play for the shirt and must respect the right of the people who make decisions to change things, but a team does not form overnight. Mark should have been given more time. The decision was taken with too much haste. Did the directors think it through? You cannot invest so much and then sack the manager after five months! Look, Mark brought us all here. He is a great manager and he will get another big club, 100 per cent.”
And it is also certain that Tevez will continue to give 100 per cent for the City cause, in their bid for Champions League football. But why did he feel the need to make these comments when it all seemed to be going so well for Mancini? Only time will tell as to whether they prove to be a help or a hindrance.