Mancini treated me like a dog, claims Tevez on City return
Errant Argentine has a final dig at his manager ahead of Valentine's Day reconciliation
IT'S VALENTINE'S Day but there won't be much love in the air at Manchester City's training ground when Carlos Tevez finally reports for duty this morning. As The Week reported yesterday, the Argentine striker is due to resume training with the Citizens, five months after his touchline tiff with manager Roberto Mancini during Manchester City's Champions League tie at Bayern Munich.
But in a final interview with Argentine broadcaster Fox Sports before returning to the UK, Tevez has accused Mancini of "treating him like a dog".
The interview is unlikely to bring the two men closer together, just days after Mancini had described the 28-year-old Tevez as a "top player" in an attempt to put the past behind them.
Tevez began the interview by saying all the right things, declaring he was ready to return to the Etihad Stadium and "help City to be champions again". He then admitted that he would have to work hard to win back the faith of the City fans, who have seen no sign of Tevez since he flew out of Manchester on 7 November.
It was when asked to relive the incident against Bayern Munich that Tevez's mask of diplomacy slipped.
Tevez described how a row blew up between Mancini and striker Edid Dzeko, who had just been substituted. "It was a real mess," said Tevez.
The Argentine said he had been warming up, but sat down again during the argument. "[Mancini] sees me and you can imagine what happens,” he said. “He tells me to keep on warming up and treats me like a dog. So when he spoke to me in that tone of voice I said 'no I'm not going out'.
"I was willing to play but the coach was in such a foul mood, because he had that argument with Dzeko, he started on me as well, started swearing at me... I was just sitting on the bench and you could see from the footage I was calm and just talking to [Pablo] Zabaleta. Mancini said some horrible things to me."
Today's reunion should be interesting, if a little short on red roses.