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Manchester City Football – Carlos Tevez Suspension News

Over the course of the last two seasons, Carlos Tevez proved to be an absolutely invaluable player in the Premier League. He has helped developed Manchester City FC into one of the formidable sides in the EPL, and he has a whopping 43 goals to his name since coming over from cross town rivals, Manchester United. However, the Citizens are looking to suspend Tevez into January, potentially signaling the end of his time playing in Manchester once and for all.

Tevez has only played in two fixtures this entire season thanks to fact that there is just such a plethora of strikers up front for the Citizens. At any given time, Manager Roberto Mancini can call upon Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko, or Tevez to play up front. Normally speaking, it has been Tevez that has found himself on the bench in these ties.

Needless to say, this was a situation in which the Argentine was not a happy camper. He made his displeasure known throughout England in the media, but the final act of disgrace finally came in a midweek tie against Bayern Munich.

With his team getting completely outplayed on German soil, Tevez reportedly refused to enter the game as a substitute even though Mancini requested that he get into the game. Tevez and his camp suggest that he refused to warm up a second time, as he was seen running up and down the sidelines off the pitch early in the second half.

As a result, Man City has suspended Tevez without pay for the next two weeks. Now, they are looking to see if they can impose that ban all the way into the January transfer season, where they would love to be able to get some sort of fee in exchange for his services instead of just cutting him loose and being without their striker or any money to show for it.

Things could be getting worse for the Citizens as well. The aforementioned Edin Dzeko was awfully unhappy about getting substituted against Bayern Munich as well. Nigel De Jong came on to replace Dzeko, who was noticeably upset and in a yelling match with his manager after the change.

The difference here between the spat with Dzeko and the one with Tevez (which ironically likely would have been what the substitution was had it gone through) was that Dzeko apologized both to his manager in private, and in the public light on Thursday, and all is considered water under the bridge.

Not that there is ever a good time to get into a dispute with star players like this one, but at least the good news for the Citizens is that after this week’s fixture, they are off for two full weeks. Saturday’s clash at Blackburn Rovers could be a feisty challenge though, especially with the team potentially coming in shorthanded and very aggravated with the way that it played against the German powerhouses on Tuesday night.

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Manchester City 2011-12 Premier League Odds Could Be Key to Victory

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Fergusson has referred to Manchester City as his team’s, “Noisy neighbors” in years past, but this season, it could be the Citizens who finally overtake the Red Devils as the top team in Manchester.

Man City is the second favorite on the board on the odds to win the English Premiership at 7/2 at Bet365, and we tend to believe that this is the year that that could cash in. Manager Roberto Mancini has assembled a team full of stars, but there is a question whether all of this spending was done in good taste, or just with a reckless abandon.

Sergio Aguero is the newest signing for the Citizens, coming over from Atletico Madrid as one of the newest strikers in the Premier League. He joins fellow newcomers Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic, adding to a team that had already spent well over 100 million pounds last season. Last year’s spending was parlayed into a Champions League bid for this season and an FA Cup title. On Sunday, the team will challenge the Red Devils for the FA Community Shield.

The big question is whether last summer’s major signing, Carlos Tevez is going to stay with the team or not. Tevez either scored or set up nearly half of Man City’s goals last season in the Premier League, and if he stays, he is sure to challenge for a second straight Golden Boot after tying Manchester United’s Dimitar Berbatov for top league honors in 2010-11. The problem that Tevez has is that City’s signing of Aguero really leaves a bit of a logjam for time up front. Tevez and Aguero seem like they’re shoe ins up front, but the possibility is definitely there for Edin Dzeko (even though he only scored two goals in the league all of last season), Craig Bellamy (whom many feel will be transferred before the start of the season), Emmanuel Adebayor, and Roque Santa Cruz. Mario Balotelli was a regular in the Starting XI last year as well and should factor into the rotation in some form.

A young net minder in Joe Hart won the Golden Glove last season with 18 clean sheets, nearly half of Manchester City’s league matches, and he is sure to be helped a heck of a lot by adding Clichy, a former Arsenal defender, to his back line. Savic will also be back there with Vincent Kompany, the man who very well could be the next captain of this squad should Tevez leave. Gary Cahill and Aleksander Kolarov are also both possibilities, while Kolo Toure remains with the squad to boot.

The midfield is chock full of names for this team as well. The Citizens know that Shaun Wright-Phillips has a ton of Premiership experience with some top notch clubs, while Nigel De Jong is also expecting better in his second year with Man City. David Silva is one of the best striking midfielders in the world when he is healthy, and both Yaya Toure and Adam Johnson have shown flashes of brilliance to boot.

The question is whether all of this improvement for the Citizens has really drawn them that much closer to the 19-time champs. Manchester United is sure to be looking for title No. 20 this season, but if Hart can keep his cool and Mancini can find himself a comfortable balance in his Starting XI, Man City is definitely going to make a huge challenge this season at its first Premier League title since 1967-68.

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