Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits striker Carlos Tevez is due a rest but is unsure whether to risk dropping his skipper for tonight’s Europa League clash with Lech Poznan.
Mancini would dearly love to rest the Argentinian striker, whose seven goals so far this season have helped push City to second place in the Premier League, ahead of the Arsenal clash on Sunday. But with so many forwards unavailable – Mario Balotelli and Jo are injured, and Roque Santa Cruz is not registered for the Europa League – Tevez may yet have to play.
City’s only other option is Emmanuel Adebayor, whose poor attitude and lack of match fitness are a cause of some concern. Mancini will also be mindful that the last time City took the field without Tevez resulted in a 2-1 loss to West Brom.
“I will only decide on whether I rest Carlos after training [today],” Mancini told The Independent.
Fabregas: Can’t buy team spirit.
Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has fanned the flames ahead of Sunday’s crunch visit to Eastlands by telling Manchester City that money cannot buy the sort of team spirit found at Arsenal. However he also admits that the quality of players in the current City squad makes them a force to be reckoned with.
“You need a few years to get everyone together to know everyone well, all the players,” said Fabregas, according to a report in The Guardian. “It’s not easy. You don’t do it in one season or two, I would say.”
“City are improving, they have a lot of money, they are buying good players so you expect them to be at the top level. It has always been difficult since I’ve been here to go to Manchester City. I remember my first few years – it was difficult but now they have some of the very best players in England.”
City eye wonderkid.
With the morning’s press divided over whether Wayne Rooney will end up at Eastlands or Stamford Bridge, Goal.com reports that the country’s two richest clubs are set to lock horns over another player.
Portuguese winger Bruma, currently with Sporting Lisbon, turns 16 on Sunday and is therefore able to put pen to paper on his first professional contract. Tottenham tried and failed to lure him to White Hart Lane in the summer but their bid, involving Roman Pavlyuchenko going the other way, but the deal failed.
City hope that they can persuade Bruma, who has represented his country at U-19 level and has predictably been dubbed the new Cristiano Ronaldo, to make a switch to the Premier League before signing a deal with Sporting containing a £17.6m release clause. Their offer is believed to include a £220,000 signing-on fee and jobs for his family.