Richards aids the Carlos calls
- 13 March 2012 08:28
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Send reinforcements, we're off to advance! The media is putting out the message that Roberto is poised to recall Carlos Tevez for the title push, and finds a willing ally in Micah Richards.
Our amiable England defender was only too happy to chat about Carlos when the pack nabbed him at Swansea for their follow-ups, and now the focus is already on a possible Chelsea return.
The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke muses: "Of all the people who might decide the Premier League title race between the two Manchester clubs, what's the chance of it being Carlos Tevez?
"The Argentine, in his own way one of the most important players in the history of the Mancunian rivalry, is desperately needed back at City, according to Micah Richards.
"Richards believes that Tevez, who has not played since his famous dug-out disagreement with Roberto Mancini in September, could make the difference."
Micah's quotes? "I've always been a big fan of Carlos. I love him. There were games last season where he carried us on his own and these [Swansea] are the sorts of games he would get a 1-0 win for us.
Ultimately it's up to the manager. But I'd love to see him back
Jack reckons that "the big worry (for City) is how their away goals have dried up. They scored 23 times in their first six away games, but have scored just twice in the last six. Dzeko, Balotelli and Aguero have all slowed down, and Richards is concerned."
Micah tells the lads: "We have to see why we are not scoring as many goals as we used to. Teams are now defending better against us than they were at the start of the season. In the last two we haven't hit the back of the net. It's something we have to improve on."
Meanwhile, they're still celebrating in the valleys. Swansea's Ashley Williams tells Wales Online that beating City was one of the highlights of his career, and he's played for Stockport.
Ash reckons: "This win is right up there for me. Some of their players are unbelievable, we saw what they could do in the first game of the season.
“With the quality they’ve got, you can’t take your eye off the ball for a minute because they’ll punish you. After the match up there, it was nice to shut them out and keep a clean sheet."
Poll writes, grim-faced: "Many viewers will have seen Joe Hart scream at Scott Sinclair before the Manchester City goalkeeper saved the forward’s penalty.
"He was attempting to psyche out his opponent — and it seemed to work. I’d have said: ‘Joe, don’t do that, it’s unsporting.’ If he then continued I would have shown him a yellow card."
Lucky for Joe that Graham wasn't the ref then - a chap can pick up three yellow cards when he's around ...