Football - Barry: Tevez takes problems in his stride

Gareth Barry was never worried that Manchester City team-mate Carlos Tevez might be affected by his latest scrape with authority.

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Tevez is due at Macclesfield police station this week to answer bail after being arrested on Thursday on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified.

The charge carries a possible six-month jail term if Tevez is subsequently found guilty.

Yet he was not bothered in the slightest on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick and setting up the other two as City sauntered to a 5-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Barnsley.

Maybe it was no surprise. After all, Tevez had an extended stand-off from his club last season when he returned to Argentina and vowed never to play for City again as he demanded a move away.

Certainly Barry never thought focus would be a problem for the South American.

"It takes a lot to take Carlos' mind off football and get him agitated," said Barry. "If you had seen him at training this week, it's as though he has got no problems away from the pitch.

"Nothing really fazes him. In general, if a football player has problems off the pitch the best place to be to get rid of them is on it, either in training or in the stadium.

"It can certainly help take your mind off them for 90 minutes anyway."

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