So Tevez’s Manchester City career with Mancini saying “he is finished”
This all started when Mancini wanted to bring on Tevez with his side 2-0 down, but in the end Tevez stayed on the bench. At the end of the match Mancini admitted that Tevez said that he refused to go on. Now that is just crazy for me, okay you may not be happy at the club, but why travel and sit on the bench and only then refuse to play. Dzeko was subbed and De Jong came on, but as Dzeko went off, he through his track suit to the floor and was visibly frustrated to be subbed, so in some contrast, you had one player that wanted to stay on, but one who didn’t want to come on, and yet both are not in the managers good books, maybe Mancini should appreciate that at least a players showing his emotions that he wants to play.
It wasn’t a good day all round for Mancini, who after the Napoli game had said that it is okay, we will win in Munich, well, Mancini will now have to eat those words as his team went down 2-0. City set out with an attacking style, but in the end it was Bayern who struck first and could have scored minutes earlier. Hart was unlucky to concede to Mario Gomez having stopped two shots, but the third got the better of him and then in similar fashion conceded the second, saving the first, and the rebound hitting off him to go in, and with Napoli winning 2-0, with goals from Hamsik and Cavani, the group is now much tougher for City and makes their next game against Villarreal a must win!
Things were not much better by the end of 90 minutes for Manchester United, who were leading the Swiss side Basel 2-0 at half-time, but by the end were lucky to draw the game 3-3. Welbeck fired in two goals within minutes on the 16th and 17th minute. Basel came back in the second half with Fabien Frei scoring on the 58th before Alexander Frei scored on 60th. Basel were awarded a penalty and Alexander Frei stepped up to convert it and grab his second and Basel’s third. It was a huge turn around, and it looked as if there was going to be an upset at Old Trafford, but in typical fashion United fought back and in the 90th minute scored with Ashley Young scoring his first Champions League goal. With the final whistle the result is not one anyone would have thought at the beginning of the match or at half time, but after the penalty went in it is one United fans and Sir Alex Ferguson will take.
These two results do not paint a positive picture and when you look at the effect it has on the group for Manchester City this leaves them with just 1 point, with Bayern on 6, Napoli on 4 and Villarreal on 0, where as United only have 2 points while both Basel and Benfica are above them with 4 points, and poor Otelul Galati yet to record a point.
Things were better for Claudio Ranieri who will be happy with his first Champions League win with Inter Milan beating CSKA Moscow 3-2 with Lucio getting an early goal on the 6th minute before Pazzini pounced and scored on the 23rd minute. CSKA got one back went Dzagoev scored in injury time of the first half. CSKA drew level via Vagner Love on the 77th minute but Inter replied instantly with Zarate scoring on the 78th minute. Ranieri can boast a 100% win record with Inter as he won his first game against Bologna 3-1, so will this be a new era for Ranieri and Inter? The next game will be telling as they host on form Napoli.