Tevez Must Earn Right To Play – Shenhua

Shanghai Shenhua’s Carlos Tevez walking to the stands after losing the 2017 Chinese Super League football match between Shanghai East Asia (SIPG) FC and Shanghai Shenhua in Shanghai. Photo: Chandan KHANNA / AFP

Handsomely paid Carlos Tevez cannot expect to play every game for the Shanghai Shenhua side just because of his famous name, the Chinese team warned on Monday, the latest twist in his turbulent spell with the club.

The Argentine, among the highest earners in football on a reported $850,000 a week, has endured a miserable nine months in China and did not feature again at the weekend.

Shanghai’s new coach Wu Jingui said earlier this month that the 33-year-old was overweight and would not play again until he shaped up, only to bring him on as a substitute for the derby at Shanghai SIPG days later.

Tevez duly scored his third Chinese Super League (CSL) goal this season, but SIPG went on to hammer struggling Shenhua 6-1.

He was back on the bench in the next game but on Saturday was not included at all in the 3-1 home win over Guangzhou R&F.

That sparked fresh conjecture about Tevez’s future in China, where he has failed to settle off the pitch and missed half the games injured.

Shanghai Shenhua spokesman Ma Yue on Monday hit out at media reports suggesting Tevez and Wu — who replaced Gus Poyet when the Uruguayan quit two weeks ago — had fallen out and said communication between the pair was “very smooth”.

Tevez “should have already realised, clearly, that he can’t be sure to be included in the starting line-up based on his fame only,” Ma wrote on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

Ma said the player had brought his own private fitness coach from Argentina to help him get fit and was doing additional training sessions every day.

“All of the above is not to make excuses for Tevez, but I just want to say that he hasn’t given up like certain foreign media have said,” wrote Ma.

Tevez, who made his name at Boca Juniors in Argentina before moves to Corinthians, West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, has struggled to settle in throughout his career.

The CSL season ends in November and Tevez has hinted that he would like to return to Argentina and Boca.

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Chelsea Announce Antonio Conte As Head Coach

Antonio ConteChelsea Football Club has announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as First Team Head Coach.

Conte, who is currently the manager of the Italy national side, has signed a three-year contract. He will begin work in London following his country’s participation in this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.

The 46-year-old said: “I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.

“Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.

“I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.”

Conte will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following on from Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo. In common with the first three of those names, he was formerly at Juventus, in his case as both a player and a manager.

Having played more than 400 games for the Italian giants, Conte’s three years in charge of the team between 2011 and 2014 yielded three straight Serie A titles – Juventus’s first league championships in eight years and their first three-in-a-row since the early 1930s. They had finished seventh the two seasons prior to Conte.

The Bianconeri also won two Italian Super Cups with him in charge. Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal were among his signings during a spell so productive he was named Serie A Coach of the Year in all three seasons there.

Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia said, “We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football and we are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season. This aids our future planning.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Guus Hiddink, who has done a great job since he joined us in December.”

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck added, “Antonio Conte has a record of consistent success in his career as a manager and as a player. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge and are confident he will find all he needs to maintain that high standard of achievement.”

Barcelona Beat Juventus To Win 5th Champions League Title

BarcelonaSpanish giants, Barcelona have emerged Champions of Europe after beating Italian greats, Juventus 3-1 in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final on Saturday night.

Goals by Rakitic and Suarez in both halves of the fierce battle seemed to have ensured that Morata’s equalizer would amount to nothing for Juventus before Neymar sealed victory with the final kick of the game.

Rakitic provided Barca with a great start with his side footed goal in the 4th minute benefiting from great enterprising moves by Jordi Alba, Neymar and Iniesta who would claim the assist as the Juve defence was pulled to pieces.

On the 55th minute, Morata, would not miss the chance for an equalizer with a rebound off a well taken shot by Tevez which ter Stegen got down well to parry brilliantly.

Buffon had also gotten down to save brilliantly from a Messi shot, but the ball only broke into the middle for Suarez, who batters a sidefoot into the unguarded net to make it 2-1

Having already won the La Liga and the King’s Cup trophies, Barcelona have now equalled their treble success of 2009.

Before the game, both teams had the chance of completing a domestic and European treble this season, with both clubs having already claimed their respective league titles and main national cup competitions.

Two points separated first and second in La Liga this campaign, with Barca taking the crown from fierce rivals Real Madrid courtesy of a 1-0 win over 2013-14 champions Atletico Madrid in the penultimate game of the season.

They followed this up with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp in the Copa Del Rey final to leave the Catalan club, in the words of defender Gerard Pique, “90 minutes away from perfection”.

Juventus led Serie A from the fourth round of fixtures onward and sealed their fourth straight league title and 31st Scudetto with four games to play before beating Lazio 2-1 after extra time to win the Coppa Italia.

The last meeting in the knockout stage between both teams came in 2003, when Juventus won 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals en route to the final, where they lost to Milan.

Champions League Final: Juventus, Barcelona Arrive In Berlin

Champions LeagueItalian side, Juventus and Spanish giants, Barcelona have arrived in Berlin, the site of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final.

Hordes of journalists and cheering fans gathered outside the Hotel Regent in the city centre to greet the Juventus players as they stepped off their coach before entering the hotel.

Dressed in suits, most of the players were also wearing dark sunglasses, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and forward Carlos Tevez waved to the crowd as they passed.

Juve held a training session in the afternoon, as they honed their skills in the hope of thwarting Barca’s formidable attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

Barcelona have arrived in berlin,

Following the two-and-a-half-hour flight, Barcelona’s plane landed at Berlin Schönefeld Airport for the encounter.

Luis Enrique’s side are seen by many as overwhelming favourites in the Champions League final.

With the La Liga and the King’s Cup trophies in the bag, victory in the Champions League final would see Barca equal their treble success of 2009.

Ahead of the final, Lionel Messi had said in an interview with UEFA that a tough task awaits Barcelona against Juventus in the final.

“We know we are up against really tough opponents, a powerful side, they are a great club and its a final, anything can happen but we’re prepared,” the Argentine forward said.

City beat 10 man Chelsea to lift Charity Shield

Manchester City scored three second-half goals to beat 10-man Chelsea 3-2 on Sunday in a high tempo Community Shield, the traditional start to the English football season.

Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri gave City its first win since 1972 in the annual curtain raiser between Premier League champion City and FA Cup holder Chelsea.

The match was marred by eight yellow cards and a straight red for Branislav Ivanovic for a sliding tackle into Aleksandar Kolarov’s shin with raised studs.

Fernando Torres and Ryan Bertrand scored the first and last goals of the match for Chelsea.

The London Olympics forced the game to be moved to Villa Park from Wembley Stadium, where the final of the Men’s football was staged 24 hours earlier.

City suffered a heartbreak last season in the charity match when they were defeated by city rivals United 3-2. City had taken a two goal lead into the break before losing to three second half United goals.

 

AC Milan still hunting for Tevez as Pato’s replacement

channels_television_carlos_tevezItalian giants AC Milan has not relented on the thought of getting Argentine forward man and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez to pen down his signature for the club in replacement for Alexandre Pato.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan had a wish list during the summer which Mario Balotelli was their number one choice for signing they opted for Carlos Tevez due to the links resurfacing form Inter Milan.

AC Millan will doing away with Filippo Inzaghi and Alexandre Pato who are ready to leave the Italian club at the end of the season, the more reason why talks were re-opened with Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian who also has an excellent relationship with Adriano Galliano.

It could be recalled that a deal almost pulled through between Carlos Tevez and AC Milan in January but his London Club Manchester City sanctioned the loan offer from AC Milan.

After a long absence from the Man. City squad and several squabbles with Roberto Mancini, Tevez finally went back on board the Manchester City squad breaking into the first team again.

Although AC Milan is not resting their hoarse as they have lined up three prospective players as options for the next season.

Also the likes of Seydou Keita of Barca,Riccardo Montolivo of Fiorentina and Sandro a youngster from Tottenham are being monitored in case of any flaws from their major targets.

Carlos Tevez returns as Man City hosts Chelsea

Wednesday night could be a make or break for Manchester City as they put their Premier League title hopes on the line against a rejuvenated Chelsea side.

Four points behind leaders Manchester United, with a game in hand, nothing short of victory will be good enough for City, who topped the table for much of the season.

With Chelsea chasing third spot after rediscovering something close to top form and with Fernando Torres back on the score sheet, City know they will be in for a tough match at the Etihad Stadium.

And with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson upping the mind games after his own side’s 5-0 win at Wolves on Sunday; City manager Roberto Mancini has it all to prove.

The Italian is considering restoring Carlos Tevez to his squad after the Argentina forward’s bizarre year in which he turned his back on the club only to return.

But City midfielder Nigel de Jong believes the big-spending club can handle the pressure.

“We don’t fear the momentum is with United,” the Dutchman said. “We don’t have any fear.

“Over the last 12 days or so we’ve been in a moment where things haven’t been as easy as they were at the start of the season.

“The next 10 games are cup finals ¬because we have only the League now.”

City goes into the match with Chelsea on the back of their exit from the Europa League and a shock defeat at Swansea in their last Premier League match.

They could be boosted by the return of Vincent Kompany but will be aware of the threat of a rejuvenated Torres, who broke his scoring drought with two goals on Sunday.

The Spaniard was the scourge of Manchester United when he wore the shirt of Liverpool but now could have a say in pushing the title United’s way if he helps Chelsea beat City.

“I needed those goals and I’ve been working so hard to get them,” the Spaniard said.

“This season I have been playing at a very good level but I was not scoring goals. The job of the strikers is scoring goals and if you don’t do that people think you are playing bad. The main thing for me has been the support of the people.

“They are always with me and now I feel the confidence of the manager as well. It’s a good time for me and a good time for Chelsea.”

Four points behind Tottenham and three behind Arsenal, a win for Chelsea would also boost their own hopes of a top-three spot.

Tottenham host Stoke City on Wednesday night while Arsenal travel to Everton.

Liverpool, sitting seventh and 10 points behind Arsenal but who have not given up their own hopes of a top-four berth, are away to Queens Park Rangers.

Bolton’s game at Aston Villa set for Tuesday has been postponed after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest in Saturday’s FA cup quarterfinal with Tottenham and remained in critical condition in the heart attack centre of a London hospital.

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Tevez Scores In Second Match After Return

Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez marked his first public appearance for Manchester City in more than five months with a goal as the Premier League leaders’ reserves beat Bolton 3-1 on Tuesday.

Tevez, who played for 45

minutes behind closed doors last week, appeared in front of a crowd of more than 1 000 boosted by media personnel in the Manchester district of Hyde.

The Argentina striker who had come close with a first half free-kick, scored City’s equaliser in the 51st minute when he finished off a cross from fellow forward Harry Bunn from close range.

Tevez was substituted shortly after his goal.

He fell-out with Roberto Mancini after the City manager accused him of refusing to warm-up during a Champions League defeat away to Bayern Munich back in September.

Tevez angered his club’s management when he left for his hometown without permission and returned in January to secure a move away from the midlands which fell through due to his price tag.

The Argentine forward apologized to his manager and has since been training to acquire the match fitness to convince Roberto Mancini that he is ready to compete in a star-studded team.

Mancini said last week “After three months it is not easy to play. At this moment he can’t play. Maybe in two weeks he could be ready.”