Tevez makes instant impact

Carlos Tevez returned to the Manchester City team and made an instant impact. The Argentinian came on as a second-half substitute against Chelsea as City turned a one goal deficit into a crucial 2-1 victory.

It was Tevez’s control and cool return pass that set up Samir Nasri for the late winner. Manager Roberto Mancini, the same man who had said that Tevez had no future at the club last December, agreed that Tevez’s contribution had been incredible.

"Carlos is not 100%," Mancini said. "But when he plays, he knows where he should take the ball. He knows football and it was important because he did an incredible assist for Samir."

Mancini and Tevez seemed to have aired their differences and come to a practical solution that suits a manager who needs all his best players to be available, and a player who wants to put himself in the shop window with some eye-catching performances.

"I spoke with Carlos every day in the last 6 weeks," Mancini said. "He knew he would be on the bench in this game and probably did well to play for more than 20 minutes. He is an important player, though, and he needs another 2-3 weeks to get good form."

City stay just one point behind Manchester United, and Mancini was happy enough to borrow one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous phrases. "After their goal I felt it was squeaky-bum time," he said with a grin. "We deserved to win this game. We didn't deserve to be 1-0 down, but we won with our desire to win."

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