Hats off to Tevez
- Sun 10 Mar 2013, 7:58AM
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Widespread praise for City’s hat-trick hero is plentiful in this morning’s press reports, and rightly so.
“Three goals and two assists suggest a man at ease with himself, which is more than can be said for the defenders who tried to block his path,” writes The Independent’s Tim Rich.
“[Barnsley’s] David Flitcroft is an inventive manager who has taken his team to Spain to prepare for league games and had used Manchester United's training ground at Carrington to ready his players for what was to come here.
“But wherever he went, Flitcroft would not have discovered an antidote to Tevez in this kind of mood.”
Another (among many), keen to compliment the energetic Argentine, was the Daily Mail’s Rob Draper.
“The energy and ingenuity he brings to teams can bamboozle the best and, hard though the Championship's bottom club tried yesterday, they would never be able to compete with Manchester City,” he reports.
“No shame in that; Tevez can be magnificent and yesterday, granted the necessary space, he gathered a hat-trick and departed to a standing ovation.”
Elsewhere this morning, the Sunday People claims top chiefs at the Camp Nou have their eye on City skipper Vincent Kompany.
“Barcelona have put Vincent Kompany on their wanted list as they scour Europe and beyond to replace Carles Puyol, claims Steve Bates.
“Defender Puyol, 35 next month, is nearing the end of an illustrious career at the Nou Camp, having won three Champions League titles and five La Ligas. But his days as Barcelona’s captain and defensive rock are numbered.
“And Sunday People Sport understand Barca’s interest in Blues defender Kompany has been mentioned to Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain.”
Meanwhile and finally for now, The Mirror has linked Micah Richards with a move to Arsenal this summer.
“The Gunners rate Richards as the perfect replacement for Bacary Sagna, who wants a move from the Emirates,” writes Dean Jones.
“With Arsenal the right-back ready to leave at the end of the season – a move back to France is favourite - Richards is seen as the ideal man to step in.
“Richards, who has been side-lined since October with a knee problem, has fallen off the England radar and knows he needs regular first-team football next season if he is to make Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.”