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Mancini plea to City fans over Tevez

20 Dec 2010 09:13:42

| Submit Comments| Comments (173)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapIN THE SPOTLIGHT: Carlos TevezRoberto Mancini wants Manchester City supporters to get behind Carlos Tevez as the Blues aim to be top of the tree for Christmas. The City manager can celebrate the first anniversary of his appointment at Eastlands by leading his side into outright pole position for the first time. But with some City fans upset at Tevez?s bombshell transfer request, Mancini wants them to lend their backing rather than show any recrimination. ?The supporters were fantastic at Juventus on Thursday and I think they should continue to support the team ? don't change is my message,? he said when asked how he felt the supporters need to react to wantaway Tevez during tonight?s clash with Everton. Wholehearted support for Tevez would, believes the manager, help the club keep him at Eastlands especially as his transfer request has been rejected.  Mancini has not yet revealed his plans for the captaincy, but M.E.N. Sport understands Tevez will have the armband removed while his future remains uncertain. Kolo Toure, who had the captaincy taken off him at the start of the season, is expected to resume his former duties, although Vincent Kompany is also a strong candidate. But Mancini, who met with Tevez on Friday, believes the fans will not see a difference in the player?s attitude on the pitch. ?I think Carlos is a football player, and he loves football,? said the manager. ?He plays like he did when he was young, in the garden. ?Every day, whether in training or in an important match, he always plays the same way.? Reports have suggested Tevez is wanted by Chelsea and may even be trying to line up a move back to United, but both seem highly unlikely. His advisers have said from the start that he wants a move to Spain, and City would not contemplate selling Tevez to Premier League rivals. Mancini has now completed a full season?s-worth of games at City, taking charge 21 times last season and 17 this ? and on results he would have landed City in fourth place if the 38 games had not straddled two campaigns. And despite the talk of player revolts and unhappiness with his methods, defender Micah Richards ? who took over as captain in Turin on Thursday ? said the majority of the squad have never lost faith in the manager. "We always said that if we gave him time he would produce the goods,? said Richards. ?He came in last year, changed the club around and he's done ever so well. ?The team are doing well and we're getting results. He's happy, the players are happy and we're just looking forward to the future. We're all excited about what we can achieve together.? But Richards warned that Everton have a habit of wrecking the feelgood factor at City: ?They are a bit down there in the league, but when they come to us, they always seem to do well and win,? he said. ?It was this time last year  they started putting points on the board. So we've just got to be careful, don't get too excited and just go into the game 100 per cent focused. Hopefully if we do that, we can get the three points.? What do you thnk? Have your say.| Submit Comments| Comments (173)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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