Just two days after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified — a charge that could bring a maximum six months in jail — he was at his imperious best in carrying City into the FA Cup semi-finals and a step closer repeating their success of 2011 in the competition.
Tevez scored twice and set up a goal for Aleksandar Kolarov inside the opening half hour before completing the rout against overwhelmed Championship opposition after the interval, claiming a hat-trick goal and setting up David Silva for another.
“That is the type of guy he is, you know — nothing really fazes him,” said team-mate Gareth Barry.
“Obviously it has been in the papers that he had a few problems but once Carlos is on that football pitch he doesn’t let much affect him.
“He didn’t surprise me, not if you know Carlos, because it takes a lot to take his mind off it and get him agitated. Once he is on the football pitch, and if you had seen him at training this week, it’s as though he has got no problems.
City supporters have certainly long since forgiven his many transgressions to the point that the prospect of Tevez remaining at City beyond the end of his current contract, in the summer off 2014, is not that far-fetched. Barry, along with defender Joleon Lescott, is another whose contract expires at the end of next season and he admits the new upper-management structure at the Etihad — sporting director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano — has left all players with a point to prove.
“Obviously they are the sort of conversations the lads have now and again,” said Barry.
As for Tevez — the man beaten Barnsley boss Dave Flitcroft described as a “ghost” — a repeat of 2011 when he helped City win their first trophy in 35 years in the FA Cup Final against Stoke is on the cards.
“I have wonderful memories of that day in 2011 — but the main thing is now to go back to Wembley and try to win again.”
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-4): Pantilimon 6; Zabaleta 7, K Toure 6, Leiscott 7, Kolarov 7; Y Toure 7, Barry 7; Silva 8 (Razak 66, 6), Dzeko 7, Tevez 10 (Milner 76, 6), Nasri 6 (Sinclair 51, 6).
BARNSLEY (4-4-2): Steele 7; Wiseman 6, Foster 5, Cranie 5, Kennedy 6; Etuhu 5 (O’Brien 51, 5), Tunnicliffe 6, Perkins 6, Cywka 6 (Mellis 51, 6); Harewood 6, Dagnall 7 (Scotland 51, 6). Subs (not used): Lidakevicius, Hassell, Delap, Rose.
Referee: A Taylor 7