Tevez not given fair hearing
- Sun 15 Apr 2012, 8:46AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey
A 6-1 away Premier League away win would normally garner pages of printed praise but then again when Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli are in your squad there is always an excuse for editors to studiously ignore the good for the controversial.
And that is the case this morning with Balotelli appearing here there and everywhere other than on the pitch at Norwich!
Hat-trick scoring man of the match Tevez was, of course, heavily involved in the game though some bizarrely choose to highlight his post-match performance rather than his contribution to the victory.
Russell Kempson in the Independent on Sunday leads the way:
‘Roberto Mancini last night hailed Carlos Tevez in Manchester City's 6-1 demolition of Norwich City at Carrow Road. But Tevez's joy at scoring a hat-trick later turned sour when he walked out of a television interview after being asked about a diving incident in the first half, for which he was booked,’ was the reporter’s take on the matter.
Quite frankly if I had scored three times and set up another with a world class piece of quick thinking and skill and a TV interviewer had opened up the subsequent inquisition with a question about ‘diving’ then I might have shoved the microphone in a place that would have given the man from Sky a whole new angle on squeaky bum time – walking out was quite restrained!
Carlos did manage a perfectly sensible chat with citytv after the match.
He conducted that interview in Spanish and if this morning’s Sunday papers are to be believed there might be a lot more chatter in that language next season
...WTMS April 15
Athletic Bilbao’s eye-catching performances in the Europa League and La Liga have drawn attention from Premier League scouts and now the media is joining in by predicting an exodus from the Basque region.
‘City’s football administration officer Brian Marwood was joined by the club’s Spanish scout Rob Newman on Wednesday night to run the rule over Herrera as he played for 61 minutes in Athletic’s 2-2 draw with Granada,’ posts Greg Stobart.
‘The 22-year-old has been tracked for months by City and also caught the eye of rivals Manchester United during their Europa League matches against the Basque club.
‘But City are acting swiftly in order to take pole position in the battle to sign the Spain under-21 international, who only moved to the San Mames from Real Zaragoza last summer.
‘Herrera is one of a number of Athletic Bilbao players to be interesting Premier League clubs, alongside the likes of striker Fernando Llorente and versatile defensive midfielder Javi Martinez.
‘A powerful box-to-box midfielder, Herrera has drawn comparisons with Steven Gerrard and City have promoted him to the top of their wish-list.’
Another ‘powerful’ midfielder is, according to Paul Hetherington in the People, ready to take an extended international break next season to devote his energies to leading Manchester City’s bid for the title.
‘Yaya Toure, 28, missed six weeks of this campaign through representing the Ivory Coast in the Africa Nations Cup,’ he notes.
‘City suffered a downturn in form during his absence and to make matters worse for Yaya, his country surprisingly lost in the final to Zambia.
‘The former Barcelona powerhouse has already talked to family and friends about his dilemma and will discuss it with City at the end of the season.’