Contented Tevez still City’s daddy

IT is only five weeks ago that Carlos Tevez shook Eastlands to the core by announcing he wanted to leave, homesickness said to be the reason behind the Argentina striker’s written transfer request.

On Saturday, with Manchester City looking down on the rest of the Premier League, another brace to take his Premier League tally to 14, and his two daughters in each arm, Tevez looked like a man perfectly content with life again.

With his family living thousands of miles away in Buenos Aires, Tevez had decided before Christmas that life had become too painful.

But with the transfer request ripped up, the City captain chose Edin Dzeko’s debut to reassert his authority at Eastlands and prove, in front of watching daughters Katia and Florencia, that he really is the daddy when it comes to scoring goals.

“Yes, I am very happy. The issue in the past is already in the past. I had my discrepancies with the boss but we spoke as two men and everything is solved and I am very happy,” said Tevez after his latest inspirational performance left City dreaming of their first title since 1968.

“For the moment we are growing as a team. Growing in a football context and we have to fight as much as we can. And then we can think about the championship, but first we have to work and grow as a team.

“We have to keep playing and winning matches, keep winning our points and trying not to drop points. And then that’s when we can start thinking that we can win the championship. “Now the responsibility that City has is not what we had two years ago. We now have much more responsibility to be a big team. Today we are a big team because of all the players we have here.”

All eyes were on striker Dzeko, the £27 million signing who has been a goalscoring sensation in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.

But he was reduced to a bit-part role as Tevez, playing behind the new signing, once again took the lead in the second half of this seven-goal cracker.

With the scores locked at 1-1 at half-time after Kolo Toure had cancelled out Nenad Milijas’s shock opener for Wolves, Tevez produced the highlight of the game when he dribbled past Richard Stearman, Christophe Berra and Stephen Hunt before beating keeper Wayne Hennessey with a cool finish.

It was a moment of pure quality yet there was more to come from Tevez.

City looked to be coasting when Yaya Toure made it 3-1 before Tevez headed the fourth. But the hosts made the mistake of switching off.

Even when Kevin Doyle made it 4-2 from the penalty spot after he was fouled by former Wolves defender Joleon Lescott, there seemed little danger. But alarm bells were ringing when Ronaldo Zubar set up a tense finale when he netted his first goal of the campaign. City, to the relief of their fans, held on and Tevez was left to reflect on an encouraging first performance by Dzeko.

“I feel very comfortable playing with Dzeko, we have already been playing together in training but it was the first time we have played a game together,” he added.

“Dzeko is very tall and he is good in the air, but actually he is very good tactically with his feet as well. Am I okay playing a different role? That’s what the team needed. I was happy to help and I did my best.”

While City went to the summit, Wolves dropped back into the relegation zone. But there was plenty of positives for Mick McCarthy to take from this.

Without Tevez’s influence, it is doubtful if City would have won, but McCarthy knows his side must defend better if they are to stay at this level.

“When we were on top we should have punished them and I’m really ill with the goal that they scored just before half-time,” said McCarthy. “They’d hardly had a scratch at our goal. “We’re not that far away from last season in terms of points and games played. We’ve just had a good run and we’re getting players back.”

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