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Mancini Tevez tension.
The Guardian suggests that the uneasy relationship between Roberto Mancini and Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez reached breaking point at half-time on Sunday. The argument reportedly began when the striker made a derogatory remark in Spanish and Mancini challenged him about it. The Argentine felt that the tactics in the first half were too negative and despite scoring five times this season, he is becoming increasingly frustrated about the lack of service coming his way. Kolo Toure, however, believes that his manager’s half-time speech inspired the side to victory against Newcastle. Speaking to the clubs official website, the Ivorian defender declared: “Newcastle put up a hard fight and were tough opponents. It was difficult after Thursday because we had only two days to recover and work. We started the game slowly and we were not pleased with that. Then we conceded a sloppy goal. The right things were said at half time, the manager had the right words and we worked harder in the second half and we are really happy that we got the three points.”
Kolarov set for return.
The Manchester Evening News reports that Aleksandar Kolarov could return for Manchester City against Blackpool. The Serbian full-back has been unavailable since injuring his ankle on his debut against Tottenham but he is set to start training and could play a part when Roberto Mancini’s men take on the Seasiders on October 17th. If he is fit, this will be the first time the City boss has a full strength defence to select from this season. In other injury news, Micah Richards has pulled out of the England Under-21 squad. The defender missed City’s Premier League victories over Chelsea and Newcastle and the Europa League draw with Juventus because of a hamstring strain and he is still yet to fully recover. He is, however, expected to be fit in time for the Blackpool clash.
de Jong dropped from Holland squad.
According to the BBC , Nigel de Jong has been dropped from the Netherland’s Euro 2012 qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden because of his challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa. Newcastle’s loan signing was left with a double leg break and Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk made the decision to send him home, declaring: “It was a wild and unnecessary offence. I have a problem with the way Nigel needlessly looks to push the limit.” De Jong, however, has been defended by compatriot Mark van Bommel who revealed: “Nigel is one of us and will remain one of us. It’s highly unfortunate if you break two opponents’ legs in six months. But I know Nigel well and he’s a sensitive guy. He doesn’t want to hurt a soul but his job is to win duels and the ball. That is his strength. He repossesses many balls and thanks to Nigel – among other players – we reached the finals in South Africa. Now people are referring to him as a criminal. That is outright nonsense.”
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