Premier League - Paper Round: Did you miss him?

Thu, 22 Mar 08:48:00 2012

He played less than half an hour and didn't even score, but unsurprisingly Carlos Tevez's cameo against Chelsea hogs the back pages after his assist set Manchester City up for a crucial three points.

Man City 2 Chelsea 1

Here is how the papers report the return of the 'prodigal son.'

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Daily Mirror: Did you miss me?

Martin Lipton: You don't have to like him. In fact, after what he has done, you can't, no matter how Sky Blue your heart is. Yet here at the Etihad, the man who has stood all season as the stand-out example of everything that is wrong with football helped transform Manchester City in their moment of crisis - and may, just, have changed the direction of the title race.

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Daily Mail: Tevez rides to City's rescue

Martin Samuel: For Carlos Tevez and Manchester City this was the best of all possible worlds. The winning goal would have been too much. Redemption should not be that easy, the past not so conveniently erased. Had Tevez scored the goal that defeated Chelsea with five minutes remaining there would have been a fair few reaching for the sick bag, even while in the throes of raucous celebration. So this was a reasonable compromise. Tevez not the main part, but an essential component, providing an exquisite little pass to tee up Samir Nasri’s finish.

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The Sun: Tev the hero! (And he's only warming up)

Shaun Custis: Amazing what can be achieved when you agree to do a bit of warming up and get on with the job you are paid for. Carlos Tevez returned from six months in exile since his Munich bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini and produced the pass which put the spark back into Manchester City's title bid.

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The Guardian: 'Incredible' Tevez keeps City in title race

Richard Williams: Welcome to Manchester. That was the slogan on the notorious billboard which greeted Carlos Tevez's move from United to City and on Wednesday night the blue half of Manchester welcomed him all over again, the £30,000-a-day prodigal son. Looking a little tubbier after his unscheduled six-month holiday, the man Roberto Mancini declared would never wear the club's shirt again was on the pitch for just under half an hour against Chelsea and made a significant contribution to both their goals. Without him, City looked haphazard and demoralised. With him, they reacquired a sense of menace and the look of championship challengers. As simple as that.

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The Times: Anxiety ensures home fans are happy to welcome back rebel Tevez

Matt Dickinson: It took 65 mediocre minutes and a one-goal deficit for Roberto Mancini to turn to Carlos Tevez last night. By that stage, all but Manchester City's most intransigent minority were ready to welcome back the rebel. In Mancini's mind, recalling the player was never intended to be an act of desperation but there was a neediness in the applause of the City supporters. Driven by anxiety, those who clapped Tevez outnumbered the dissenters by about two to one.

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Daily Telegraph: Tevez makes instant impact as City stun Chelsea

Henry Winter: Suddenly, with one touch from Nasri, who delivered one of his best displays for City, the mood lifted. Suddenly the talk was of pushing to within a point of United, of setting a new Premier League record with a 20th home win on the spin. Suddenly, the ripple of boos that greeted Tevez on his return to the fray after six months faded. For all Tevez’s mistakes, he can make a difference. He did here. Suddenly, City look with greater relish at their remaining fixtures.

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Daily Express: Back with a bang

Richard Tanner: He had made plenty of wrong moves over the last six months but Carlos Tevez finally got it right last night. And after all the acrimony, controversy and fines, he earned instant forgiveness.

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The Independent: Tevez gives City fresh legs as title race hots up

James Lawton: Inevitably, Tevez came on to the most unambiguous cheers. They signalled not so much forgiveness as a very basic demand for the kind of atonement which was once his stock in trade, eruptions of will in the most critical areas of the field.

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Daily Star: Tev to rescue

Jeremy Cross: Mancini sent on Tevez in what appeared to be a move of desperation more than expectation. He received a mixed reception but his part in the winner may have earned a chunk of forgiveness from those still against him.

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