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Carlos Tevez predicts Manchester City trophy haul once duck is broken

08 Dec 2010 09:44:44

Carlos Tevez predicts Manchester City trophy haul once duck is broken

Carlos Tevez is convinced one trophy will lead to many more for Manchester City. As the banner hanging from the Stretford End ticks round to 35 to mark the number of years since the Blues won their last major honour, thoughts at Eastlands are turning to when, rather than if, City can strip it down. The Europa League would appear to represent their best bet, having secured a place in the last 32 with a match to spare. It just takes one: Tevez is determined to give City fans something to celebrate But City also have the FA Cup to aim for, as well as the Premier League given they are only three points adrift of new leaders Arsenal. And Tevez feels once that first trophy is in the cabinet it will pave the way for many more. 'We need to keep fighting in order to win a title, just like we have been doing,' Tevez told the club's website. 'That could then turn into many more trophies.' It has been a long time since that League Cup triumph in 1976 though. And the City supporters are struggling to contain their optimism. Tevez insists it has to be done, no matter how much is being spent on the team by Sheikh Mansour. 'Three years ago Manchester City were a team who used to finish in the bottom half of the table,' said Tevez. 'Nowadays we are always battling to be in the top four and trying hard to become one of the great teams. Rubbing it in: United fans at Old Trafford remind City how long it has been 'That shows we have grown tremendously in just a couple of years. But people need to remain very patient. You don't build a great club overnight.' Despite the stirring words, it is hard to escape the conclusion that the off-field problems must come to an end before Roberto Mancini's side can fulfil their potential. Tevez's touchline row with his manager at the weekend did not paint a picture of unity and neither did the training ground punch-up between Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng 24 hours earlier. And at the start of the season Tevez needed to seek out Kolo Toure for a chat after being surprised to discover he had inherited the captain's armband from the Ivorian. 'I went to tell him what I was thinking, that I was as surprised as anyone at Roberto's decision,' said Tevez. 'It is hard to swallow because if I had managed to get the captain's armband and it was taken from me I would be really gutted. 'I would appreciate the new captain coming to speak with me. So I put myself in his position and did what I felt had to be done as a man.'  Carlos Tevez talks down rift with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini after touchline bust-up against BoltonTevez admits he is homesick but will honour his contract at Manchester CityMancini urged to swoop for Luiz as Benfica defender fancies City switchVan Bommel's agent lines up Holland veteran with move to City or SpursMANCHESTER CITY FC


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