It’s been interesting to see how Roberto Mancini deals with the huge egos he has in his Manchester City squad.
Carlos Tevez – when will he grow up?
One problem Roberto has is that it’s very very difficult to form a team from a bunch of individual stars – which Real Madrid have had trouble with for several years now – but we expect Jose Mourinho to quickly solve that problem this season.
And one player who has been coming up with some daft statements at City recently, such as he may retire at any time and go back home to Argentina, is their captain Carlos Tevez.
So it’s hardly good when you’re captain keeps saying silly things to the press, and of course to top it all off last week, he suddenly decided he wanted a transfer and wanted to leave the Eastlands club.
But then – at almost the same speed with which he made the initial decision – last Monday – he withdrew his transfer request and is still the Man City captain.
A strange stream of events to be sure that must have tested the patience of a certain Roberto Mancini.
And our own Jonas Gutierrez is at a loss to explain what’s up with his Argentine team mate, other than he may not like Roberto Mancini too much.
This is what Jonas told the Evening Chronicle:
“They have a really strong squad, but Tevez is the best player they have.” “When you come to this league, it is really good to play with the best players.
“Carlos is one of them, and I enjoy playing against him.” “All I can say is he is having a fantastic season.”
“I don’t know what is happening with Carlos.” “Maybe he has a problem with Roberto Mancini, but I don’t know.”
“He is a big player and is having a good season. He did last year as well.”
Maybe Carlos is making all these noises to feed his own ego – and maybe he just wants all the attention.
But what is does show is that he’s not very mature, and he probably needs to buckle down and get the job done at Man City, since presumably he’s supposed to set an example as captain.
But these top players live today in an unreal world, with the players making ridiculous amounts of money for what they actually do, and pampered left, right and center, and it must be hard for them to grow up.
And most of them don’t.
And as far as Man City and Carlos go, it seems Mancini has realized it’s the price you have to pay for having a player as good as Carlos is on the football field, and there’s no doubt he’s a wonderful player.
Roberto has a very hard job ahead of him at City, but so far he’s done quite well – given the huge egos he has to handle every single day at Eastlands.
We have to think that Roberto must have done some baby-sitting when he was a youngster growing up in Italy, and that seems to be standing him in good stead in his current job.