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FA Cup semi-finals: Phone camera photographers given same accreditation as professionals

Think you can do better than this Prove it! Smartphone snappers get FA Cup chance at Wembley

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

10:11 GMT, 10 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:06 GMT, 10 April 2013

A Newcastle fan tweeted a snap of Papiss Cisse leaping into the stands to celebrate his stoppage-time winner against Fulham on Sunday which eased the Toon Army’s relegation fears.

Jonny Robson, from South Shields, has received praise galore on Twitter after taking the extraordinary photo of the wild scenes at St James’ Park – and has even been messaged by Cisse himself and Gary Lineker.

But it may just be the first of many. Smartphones will battle with long lenses at The FA Cup this weekend as, for the first time, some of the web’s best amateur photographers are given the same level of accreditation as their professional counterparts.

Amateur This photograph of Papiss Cisse was tweeted by a Newcastle fan after his last-minute winner

Amateur This photograph of Papiss Cisse was tweeted by a Newcastle fan after his last-minute winner

Winner: Cisse struck late in the game to sink Fulham at St James' Park at the weekend

Winner: Cisse struck late in the game to sink Fulham at St James' Park at the weekend

Impressed: Cisse tweeted about the picture after seeing it on the social networking site

Impressed: Cisse tweeted about the picture after seeing it on the social networking site

FA Cup sponsor Budweiser will select 'Phoneographers' – amateur photographers who shoot solely on smartphones – to become the tournament’s first official social reporters capturing, editing and sharing all the action from the semi-finals.

The lucky Phoneographers will shoot pitch-side alongside professional sports photographers, getting a perspective of the game that an amateur photographer can only dream about.

The Phoneographer’s images will be shared on Twitter under the hashtag #tothedream.

Stiff competition: There have been some stunning pictures in this season's FA Cup, including Demba Ba's goal

Stiff competition: There have been some stunning pictures in this season's FA Cup, including Demba Ba's goal

In focus: The 'phoneographers' will get the chance to capture images of the likes of Manchester City's Carlos Tevez

In focus: The 'phoneographers' will get the chance to capture images of the likes of Manchester City's Carlos Tevez

Iain Newell, Budweiser’s UK Marketing Director, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be bringing these avid football and photography fans closer to the game they love in a way they can share with other fans in stadium and at home.

It reflects the changing way people get their football updates and our desire to bring the magic of The FA Cup even closer to the fans, which social media certainly has the potential to do.’

Audley Harrison to fight Deontay Wilder on April 27 in Sheffield

Harrison confirms showdown with American Wilder on Khan undercard in Sheffield

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

18:51 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:01 GMT, 25 March 2013

Audley Harrison has agreed to fight American heavyweight hope Deontay Wilder on April 27 in Sheffield.

The 41-year-old bounced back from a brutal defeat to David Price by winning Prizefighter for a second time last month.

But Wilder will prove to be an altogether different proposition having stopped every one of his 27 opponents to date.

A-Force: Audley Harrison will be back in action for the first time since winning Prizefighter in February

A-Force: Audley Harrison will be back in action for the first time since winning Prizefighter in February

Big stage: Deontay Wilder (right) was on the undercard of Amir Khan's win against Carlos Molina in December

Big stage: Deontay Wilder (right) was on the undercard of Amir Khan's win against Carlos Molina in December

Harrison confirmed on Twitter that he has accepted the fight at five weeks notice and expects to be added to the undercard of Amir Khan’s homecoming against Julio Diaz.

Wilder has long been groomed as America’s next world heavyweight champion but has been largely untested since turning professional more than four years ago.

The 27-year-old fought outside of the United States for the first time in January when beating Matthew Greer in Mexico and has never been past the fourth round of a fight.

Hailing from Alabama, he won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing despite having had just 30 amateur fights.

Homecoming: Khan will top the bill in Sheffield when he takes on Julio Diaz

Homecoming: Khan will top the bill in Sheffield when he takes on Julio Diaz

Harrison, meanwhile, still harbours hopes of winning a world title despite his defeats to Price and David Haye.

He earned plaudits for his performances in beating Claus Bertino, Martin Rogan and Derric Rossy at York Hall but will have his work cut out against Wilder.

Indeed, the pair sparred in preparation for Harrison’s fight with Price with the veteran admitting: ‘Deontay Wilder punches like a mule, and he’s fast. I had four weeks of him, and some days he was catching me with clean shots.’

TALE OF THE TAPE

Audley Harrison

Born: London
Age: 41
Height: 6’ 5 1/2”
Weight 234lb
Record 31(23)-6
Nickname: A-Force

Deontay Wilder

Born: Alabama
Age: 27
Height: 6’ 7”
Weight 240lb
Record 27(27)-0
Nickname: The Bronze Bomber

Andy Murray beats Carlos Berlocq in straight sets to march into Indian Wells quarter-finals

Murray silences Berlocq with straight sets victory to march into Indian Wells last eight

By
Mike Dickson

PUBLISHED:

02:22 GMT, 14 March 2013

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UPDATED:

06:07 GMT, 14 March 2013

Andy Murray fought out a niggly battle that did little to enhance relations between Britain and Argentina as he struggled to overcome the grunting Carlos Berlocq to reach the last eight of the BNP Paribas Open.

Amid accusations of deliberate stalling across the net and complaints to the umpire about the South American’s varied volume of lingering growl Murray eventually got the better of him in an ill-tempered affair, winning through 7-6 6-4 in an hour and 55 minutes.

He now meets another Argentinian in his fellow US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, and will be relieved that he does not have to listen the ghastly soundtrack of Berlocq, which he described as ‘the worst I’ve ever heard on the men’s tour.'

On a run: Andy Murray sailed past Carlos Berlocq and into the quarter-finals

On a run: Andy Murray sailed past Carlos Berlocq and into the quarter-finals

Murray was particularly aggrieved that he was being warned about time violations between points while having to put up baritone groan of his muscular opponent.

'I’ve never experienced before when I’ve had to speak to an umpire about it,' he said. 'I’ve never found it to be that off-putting. But if it’s going to be suggested that I’m using gamesmanship by taking too long between points then you can’t be making noises like that on court. He was still making a noise when I was hitting the ball, it’s annoying. There was silence and then it was extremely loud, that’s off-putting.'

You wish other players would speak up against the habit, which is more associated with the women’s tour, but they rarely do.

As Murray admitted afterwards, he will have to play better if he is to progress further. 'It wasn’t the prettiest match and I’ve got to improve on it, but conditions were quite tough,' he said. 'When we went out there it was bright and in the 90s and the ball was bouncing very high, but as it got cooler and the sun went down my timing got better.'

Hot streak: Murray is enjoying his best run of results at Indian Wells

Hot streak: Murray is enjoying his best run of results at Indian Wells

Certainly you would not have expected Berlocq – happiest on clay, ranked 85 and never having been past the second round of a Grand Slam – to mount such a challenge, but he went for broke and hit some glorious winners to discomfort his opponent.

Having had six weeks off after the Australian Open Murray is yet to look entirely into his rhtythm at this tournament, where he has struggled before, although the fact is he is through to the last eight for the loss of just one set.

The only thing that will linger about the match was the bad blood that developed between the players from early in the first set onwards. Murray usually only gets cross with himself and rarely falls out with opponents, but he did not enjoy the way the barrel-chested Berlocq played the game and did not hide his feelings.

Having started in awkward conditions of glaring sun and mixed shadows across the court, he complained to his box – that contained his regular celebrity supporter Kevin Spacey – that 'I can’t see the ball!' as breaks were exchanged.

Outgunned: Argentine Berlocq was swatted aside by the world No 3

Outgunned: Argentine Berlocq was swatted aside by the world No 3

In the tenth game the two players swapped accusations that they were deliberately stalling, umpire Steve Ulrich taking Murray’s side. Playing very conservatively he was broken, but broke back in the next game and gave a huge ‘C’mon!’ and fist pump in Berlocq’s face at the net.

The tiebreak was a tense affair, settled at 6-4 when a scrambling Murray sent up a high lob and the Argentinian blasted an overhead long.

By now the 25 year-old Scot was getting very frustrated with Berlocq’s grunt/growl, as offensive as anything you hear in the women’s game. He complained early in the second set to Ulrich, saying it was ‘outrageous.’

Murray, whose forehand never fired and whose serve was more tentative than usual, could not hold on to an early break as Berlocq continued to hit out with massive, heavily spun groundstrokes.

Finally he got ahead with a backhand lob to break for 4-3, and from there just about managed to serve it out, although not before he had to save another break point at 5-3.

No, it was not pretty, but it got the job done.

FA Cup semi-final draw 2013: Manchester City v Manchester United/Chelsea, Wigan v Millwall/Blackburn

FA Cup semi-final draw: City await winners of Chelsea and United replay in last four

PUBLISHED:

18:45 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:34 GMT, 10 March 2013

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW

Millwall/Blackburn v Wigan

Manchester United/Chelsea v Manchester City

Ties to be played April 13/14

Manchester City will play either rivals Manchester United or fellow Barclays Premier League giants Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The draw, conducted at Wembley immediately after United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford, pitched the eventual winners of the replay against City.

Millwall and Blackburn also drew earlier in the day and will replay on Wednesday, with the winner to face Wigan.

The semi-finals will be played at Wembley over the weekend of April 13 and 14.

Comeback: Chelsea came from 2-0 down against Manchester United at Old Trafford to force a replay

Comeback: Chelsea came from 2-0 down against Manchester United at Old Trafford to force a replay

Crushing: Manchester City thrashed Barnsley 5-0 on Saturday evening to secure their spot in the semis

Crushing: Manchester City thrashed Barnsley 5-0 on Saturday evening to secure their spot in the semis

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was given
the first chance to respond to the eye-catching draw, but was unwilling
to look any further ahead than his side's replay against United.

'We have to think about the first game
and, afterwards, think about City,' he told ITV. 'It will be tough,
will be difficult, United are a great side.'

Javier Hernandez and Wayne
Rooney gave United a 2-0 lead inside 11 minutes at Old Trafford this
afternoon, but well-taken second-half goals from Eden Hazard and Ramires
earned Chelsea a replay.

City, in contrast, brushed off npower
Championship side Barnsley 5-0 yesterday as Carlos Tevez shrugged off
his latest off-field controversy to score a hat-trick and set up his
side's other two goals.

Wembley bound: Wigan will face either Millwall or Blackburn in the semis after beating Everton 3-0

Wembley bound: Wigan will face either Millwall or Blackburn in the semis after beating Everton 3-0

Wigan produced arguably the
performance of quarter-final weekend to beat Everton 3-0 yesterday with
goals from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez in less
than four minutes in the first half.

Millwall and Blackburn played out a
goalless draw at The Den, Andy Keogh hitting the post and Danny Shittu
stretching keeper Jake Kean with a 40-yard bolt from the blue as the
hosts created the better chances.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan described a
potential Wembley date with Blackburn as a 'dream' – and revealed he may
lead the team out himself.

Stalemate: Millwall and Blackburn will need a replay after a goalless draw at The Den on Sunday

Stalemate: Millwall and Blackburn will need a replay after a goalless draw at The Den on Sunday

As a player, Whelan played in the 1960
final for Rovers but saw his Wembley dream turn sour as a broken leg
forced him off before half-time.

'The dream is there,' he told Sky
Sports News. 'All Blackburn have got to do now is get through the replay
and my dream is on, I can go to Wembley and (we can) play against
Blackburn Rovers.

'When you've been to Wembley and got
what I got, a broken leg and Rovers went on to lose 3-0, it's very
upsetting. I feel I've got unfinished business at Wembley.

'Roberto's asked me to lead them out at Wembley and if we get Blackburn, I may just say yes.'

Holders: Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final last year and are on course for another trip to Wembley

Holders: Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final last year and are on course for another trip to Wembley

Glory: Manchester City won the FA Cup in 2011 when they beat Stoke 1-0 in the final

Glory: Manchester City won the FA Cup in 2011 when they beat Stoke 1-0 in the final

McManaman is one of a host of fringe
players to have excelled in the Latics' cup run and Whelan said: 'Roberto's played his young boys – one of them, McManaman, scored a
great goal yesterday – so it's done us good all round.

'The performance they put on at
Everton was stunning, in the first half we played Everton off the park
and should've been four up.'

The run to the last four contrasts
with Wigan's seemingly annual struggle for Premier League survival,
which the pragmatic Whelan admits has to remain their priority.

'We have to stay in the top flight,
that's number one,' he said. 'But the FA Cup is still a fantastic trophy
and we've never been to a final.

'To win the cup and stay in the
league, that's the dream isn't it And to get to the Europa League,
that's unthinkable for Wigan Athletic. It would be wonderful.'

Carlos Tevez facing jail threat after arrest on suspicion of driving while disaqualified

City striker Tevez could face jail after arrest on suspicion of driving while disqualified

Tevez was banned from the roads for six months in January

Police confirm a 29-year-old man was arrested on ThursdayMaximum penalty is six months in prison and 5,000 fine

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Reliable: But the forward is a consistent performer when selected

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Amir Khan hopes to "laugh in Kell Brook"s face" by proving he has more fans in Sheffield

Khan hopes to 'laugh in Kell Brook's face' by proving he has more fans than his rival does in his home town of Sheffield

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

00:49 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:11 GMT, 6 March 2013

Amir Khan has revealed he cannot wait to fight in Sheffield – because he wants to ‘laugh in Kell Brook’s face’ about having more fans than Brook does in his home town.

The former world champion is to fight Mexican Julio Diaz in Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on April 27 at a catchweight of 143lbs, and though he is adamant he will return to 140lbs to avenge defeats against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, he couldn’t resist a dig at welterweight Brook, his long-time rival.

'We’ll show him how we sell tickets,' said Khan, whose fight against Diaz is his first in the UK for two years.

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

'It’ll show that I probably have more
fans than him in his home town. That’s a laugh in his face, really. But I
don’t think about fighting him yet – he has to prove himself.'

Brook is to fight Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title in May and, if victorious, interest in a fight between he and Khan is certain to grow, something the latter says he will welcome once he has achieved his ambitions as a light welterweight and moved up to the 147lb division.

'I have nothing against Kell Brook,' says Khan. 'I don't care about him or think about him. He has to prove himself. At the moment he's not on my radar or anything.

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'If I move up to 147 then definitely I would fight him, but it's six to nine months before I do move up. When I do, I'm not someone who says no and I would take that fight.

'I still want to fight at 140 and win titles at that weight and then move up to 147 as a world champion.

'There are still two fights out there at 140 against Petersen and Garcia – they are fights I want and that are there for me, so I don't see why I should move up.'

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley were among those mentioned as potential opponents for Khan, with Peterson and Vyacheslav Senchenko, who retired Ricky Hatton in November, understood to have rejected official offers to fight him. As a consequence Diaz has been viewed as an underwhelming opponent, but he is one Khan is adamant will not be easy.

'We got the fight I wanted,' he said. 'Not many would take this fight on so I have a lot of respect for Diaz for taking it.

'People will turn us down because they know this is a tough fight, even though last year wasn't our best. We tried with some and it didn't happen, which is why I left England for a training camp without doing any press as I didn't have a secure opponent.'

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

For Diaz, the next fight represents the biggest of his career after his last was a draw against Shawn Porter on the undercard of Khan's 10th-round stoppage victory over Carlos Molina, the 2004 Olympian's first with trainer Virgil Hunter, and one in which the Mexican felt Khan simply could not be criticised.

'I have to say he was spectacular,' Diaz said. 'He looked a whole different fighter. Virgil has done a very good job with him, but I have a very good team and, when I get in the ring in Sheffield, it will be a very proud moment.

'Amir has been a superstar since he started and has been treated like one. I’ve struggled to get attention by winning performances and knockouts, but it’s just made me work harder.'

Tickets for Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz can be purchased from www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or by calling 0114 256 5656.

Jack Rodwell ruled out for up to four weeks

Mancini set to be without Rodwell for up to FOUR weeks after hamstring injury recurs to haunt City midfielder yet again

By
John Curtis, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:37 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

01:28 GMT, 5 March 2013

Roberto Mancini's relief at Manchester City keeping their slim hopes alive of retaining their Barclays Premier League title was tempered by another injury setback to Jack Rodwell.

A first half goal from Carlos Tevez was sufficient to earn City a 1-0 win at Aston Villa and cut the gap on leaders Manchester United to 12 points.

But midfielder Rodwell suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury midway through the opening period and will be sidelined for 'three to four weeks'.

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Mancini said: 'We are very sorry for Jack, because he is a good guy, a good player, but he is unlucky. It is his hamstring.

'I think it is impossible to resolve
his problem after six or seven months because he's had this problem for
five or six years and we need maybe more time.

'How long will he be out Maybe he will be back after the international break, three or four weeks. It is the same injury.

'I am very sorry because he is a
young player. He needs to improve but he has played very well against
Chelsea and was playing very well tonight.'

Mancini repeated his determination
that City will not give up on the title without a fight but admits they
probably have to win their 10 remaining games.

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

He said: 'It is difficult because we have 30 points to play for and we need to try to win.

'At the end, we will see what happens. In football everything can happen right up to the last second.

'We probably need to win all 10 matches that are left. We need to win all the matches.

'If they (United) lose three or four or five games…..it is difficult because they are too strong for this.

'When you have to win always, it is difficult to win every game. But last year we did this. Why can't we do it this year'

Sergio Aguero was also ruled out with
a knee injury and will also miss the weekend FA Cup tie with Barnsley
but Mancini is hopeful he will be available for the next league clash
with Everton.

Villa remain in the bottom three and
manager Paul Lambert admitted a mistake by defender Ciaran Clark proved
crucial in the build-up to Tevez's decider.

Not again: Rodwell looked disappointed after the recurrence of his hamstring complaint

Not again: Rodwell looked disappointed after the recurrence of his hamstring complaint

Lambert said: 'I thought we were well
in the game. The goal is a mistake. I wouldn't have minded if someone
had put one in the top corner with a bit of skill.

'But it's a mistake by us. It is easy
to be critical of Ciaran. The lad has been excellent all season. He
will learn from it, he won't make the same mistake again.'

Midfielder Fabian Delph will be
suspended for the next two games against Reading and QPR after
collecting his 10th booking of the season for handball.

Lambert said: 'He's playing extremely
well, really well. You are pressing forward, to try and get a goal back
and things like that happen.'

The Villa boss knows the significance of the next two matches.

He said: 'The next two games are massive for us. If we play like that, we will give teams a fright, that's for sure.'

Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1: Carlos Tevez scores winner

Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1: Mancini's men made to toil for victory over strugglers

PUBLISHED:

21:53 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 4 March 2013

Carlos Tevez scored the decisive goal as Manchester City kept their title hopes hanging by a thread with a win at Aston Villa.

After a solid start from Villa, the visitors took control of the game. Edin Dzeko pounced on a Ciaran Clark error to slide the ball into Tevez, who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home on the stroke of half-time.

City struck the upright twice after through Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta, but couldn't increase their lead to kill the game off.

One up: Carlos Tevez (right) put Manchester City 1-0 up against Aston Villa

One up: Carlos Tevez (right) put Manchester City 1-0 up against Aston Villa

One up: Carlos Tevez (right) put Manchester City 1-0 up against Aston Villa
MATCH FACTS

Aston Villa: Guzan, Clark, Bennett, Baker, Lowton, N'Zogbia (Holman 65), Westwood (El Ahmadi 86), Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann (Dawkins 84)

Subs not used: Given, Lichaj, Sylla, Bowery

Booked: Benteke, Delph

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, K Toure, Nastasic, Milner, Garcia, Rodwell (Dzeko 25), Silva (Barry 90), Y Toure, Tevez (Nasri 75)

Subs not used: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Sinclair

Goal: Tevez 45

Referee: Mike Dean

More to follow…

Relief: City celebrate their goal on the stroke of half-time from the Argentina international

Relief: City celebrate their goal on the stroke of half-time from the Argentina international

Aerial battle: Edin Dzeko gets above Ciaran Clark (right) to win a header

Aerial battle: Edin Dzeko gets above Ciaran Clark (right) to win a header

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Up for it: Christian Benteke (left) made a nuisance of himself for City's back four

Up for it: Christian Benteke (left) made a nuisance of himself for City's back four

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Tussle: Fabian Delph (right) pursues City playmaker David Silva

Tussle: Fabian Delph (right) pursues City playmaker David Silva

Running the show: Yaya Toure (left) struck the post midway through the second half

Running the show: Yaya Toure (left) struck the post midway through the second half

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Out of this world: Two Aston Villa fans dress up to show their support for Christian Benteke

Out of this world: Two Aston Villa fans dress up to show their support for Christian Benteke

Out of this world: Two Aston Villa fans dress up to show their support for Christian Benteke

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Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury

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Expressive: Frustrations boil over for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Expressive: Frustrations boil over for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Carlos Tevez wants to regain cult status with Manchester City fans

I will win fans over! Fallen idol Tevez wants to regain cult status among City faithful

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:59 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 3 March 2013

Carlos Tevez claims he is a different man to the one that walked out on Manchester City to return home to Argentina last season, but admits he still has work to do in winning back the club's fans.

Tevez has re-established himself as a regular in Roberto Mancini's side this season, something that was almost unthinkable last year as he went on unauthorised leave in his homeland for several months, apparently ready to quit the game.

'I knew it wasn't going to be easy to come back,' Tevez told the Sunday Times. 'I'd left City and you could almost say I'd left through the back door. But it is almost like there are two Tevezes. There's the Tevez before, who had a problem, and there's the Tevez now, who no longer has problems.'

Back on form: Tevez has netted 11 times for City this season in his 33 appearances

Back on form: Tevez has netted 11 times for City this season in his 33 appearances

Tevez said the key has been getting his family back together. Tevez had requested a transfer from City prior to his walkout when his wife and children returned to Argentina, but now they are all back in England Tevez said he has a different perspective on his football.

'It totally changes everything, your disposition, your humour, just having them close,' he said.

'If I wasn't selected in the past I'd be in a terrible mood. Now I'm still gutted but I go home, see my daughters, it takes my mind off it and I feel better.'

The 29-year-old has 11 goals this season, not quite matching the outstanding return of his pre-walkout days but still a highly valuable part of Roberto Mancini's strikeforce.

Letting fly: Argentine Carlos Tevez smashed home Manchester City's second against Chelsea

Letting fly: Argentine Tevez smashed home Manchester City's second against Chelsea

Despite that, a sizeable number of City fans still bear a grudge after last season, with Tevez's goals often met with a more muted celebration than those of his team-mates.

Tevez can understand that, but is still working to win them over with his new attitude.
'I knew it would be difficult for the fans to accept me again,' he said. 'But I hope, little by little, match by match…you give everything for the shirt and win them over through hambre de gloria (hunger for glory). I was once a real idol for these fans, they were so supportive of me. I hope I'm able to win them back.'

While his standing with the supporters still needs work, Tevez is adamant he and Mancini are now “fine”, their once fiery relationship 'a lot calmer now'.

Vital: Tevez's return proved pivotal in bringing the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium last season

Vital: Tevez's return proved pivotal in bringing the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium last season

'It might be down to maturity,' he added. 'Maybe, before, I was under a lot more pressure. I was a leader of the team. People would often say, 'If Carlos has a bad day, City have a bad day'. Maybe you just reach a point where there's worse things in life than disappointment in football.

'If I come off the bench and score but I'm not in the next starting line-up I'm a lot more accepting.'

Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez relax in Manchester City training

Nasri and Tevez take weight of expectation in their stride as duo relax in City training

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

19:20 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:06 GMT, 28 February 2013

Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez appeared to be in high spirits today as Manchester City prepared for their trip to Aston Villa on Monday.

Fresh from beating top-four rivals Chelsea at the Etihad last weekend, Nasri, Tevez and the rest of the City squad were put through their paces at City's training base in Carrington.

And Tevez, who doubled City's lead over Rafa Benitez's visitors after Yaya Toure's opener, took the time to give the cameras a thumbs-up while he rested between training sessions.

Relaxed: Samir Nasri reclines in Manchester City's boot room at their Carrington training base

Relaxed: Samir Nasri reclines in Manchester City's boot room at their Carrington training base

Weight of expectation: Pablo Zabaleta puts a shift in as City prepare to take on Aston Villa on Monday

Weight of expectation: Pablo Zabaleta puts a shift in as City prepare to take on Aston Villa on Monday

No way: Joe Hart dives over a hurdle to keep the ball out as Costel Pantilimon (left) watches

No way: Joe Hart dives over a hurdle to keep the ball out as Costel Pantilimon (left) watches

Nasri, who made a late cameo appearance in the win which tightened City's grip on second place, but struck a pose for the club photographer while reclining in the bootroom.

City manager Roberto Mancini criticised Nasri's work ethic last week, claiming that the France midfielder only offers him 50 per cent.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Mancini said: 'I think Samir has fantastic qualities

'With his quality, he should always play well. Every game he could be the difference. A player of this quality could be one of the best players in Europe. But it's not happening.

'Sometimes a player thinks it's enough what they did the year before and doesn't understand that every day they should improve.'

He added: 'You win the title, then you think it's enough to play 50 per cent and you don't arrive the next year.'

'If you are a top player you know you can improve until the last day of your career but sometimes you get players who think it is not important to work and this is their worst mistake.

'Samir can do better than this year. He is a top player but he has not been playing at his level.'

Pablo Zabaleta and Joleon Lescott undertook some weight training in their bid to be fully prepared for City's visit to Villa Park next week.

Goalkeepers Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon were also pictured putting in a shift. Hart, who made an outstanding save from a Frank Lampard penalty to keep the game at 0-0 last weekend, dived over hurdles to keep the ball out in this afternoon's session.

Mancini will be desperate for his side to take all three points, as league leaders and cross-city rivals United could be 15 points clear at the top come Monday, provided they beat Norwich at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Having a breather: Carlos Tevez gives a thumbs-up to the camera

Having a breather: Carlos Tevez gives a thumbs-up to the camera

Focus: Joleon Lescott powers through his training session

Focus: Joleon Lescott powers through his training session

Game for a laugh: Javi Garcia (right) shares a joke with Zabaleta and David Silva (left)

Game for a laugh: Javi Garcia (right) shares a joke with Zabaleta and David Silva (left)