Bayern Munich 2 Man City 0: Mancini wants Tévez ‘out’
Roberto Mancini says Carlos Tévez's Manchester City career is over after he refused to play in Munich
Roberto Mancini has declared he wants Carlos Tévez “out” of Manchester City after the striker refused to play against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Mancini asked the Argentine to warm up after 55 minutes with City 2-0 down at the Allianz Arena but the former City captain told his manager he wouldn’t play.
“He refused to go in,” said Mancini after the game. “For me it’s a bad situation because it’s impossible if a player refuses to go in and will not help the team. It’s impossible. I can’t accept that one player refused to go in.
“If I have my way he will be out. He’s finished with me. If we want to improve as a team Carlos can’t play with us. Can you imagine a Bayern Munich, Milan or Manchester United player doing this?”
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Argentina international did not talk about his decision not to play. “I think it’s Mancini’s decision,” Tévez said through a translator.
“I’ve been a professional throughout. I put my opinion through that I wanted to leave for family reasons and I still played my best.”
Tévez’s behaviour was the main talking point after a dreadful City display at the Allianz Arena.
Mario GÃ³mez scored a first half brace to hand Bayern a comfortable 2-0 victory to leave Mancini’s men third in Group A.
Bayern made a bright start and eventually took the lead after 37 minutes. Franck Ribéry’s shot forced Joe Hart into a low save and GÃ³mez reacted quickest to put the rebound past the England international.
The Germany striker then added a second just before half-time from a Bayern set-piece – Hart made an athletic save but City’s defenders were slow to help their goalkeeper and GÃ³mez poked his shot home.
The Bundesliga outfit continued to control the game after the interval and GÃ³mez should have completed his hat-trick when he found himself on the end of Toni Kroos’ cross – but the forward’s header was superbly stopped by Hart.
City defender Kolo Touré criticised his side’s poor defending after the game in Munich. “We started very well but then we did not defend as a team and in the Champions League you have to defend from the start to the end,” said Touré.
“City have some great players and the only thing is we need to get the balance right between attacking and defending together.”