A day after revealing that he would need a break, following a tiring trip to Argentina, playing in temperatures reaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Carlos Tevez has been sent off for his country in a 2-1 defeat against Colombia. Our new striker had warned fans that he would need a rest this weekend, after a gruelling week of football in South America. “It has been very difficult to play under the Buenos Aires sun against Bolivia,” he said. “It tired me a lot because now I am used to playing all the time under the rain in England.” However, Tevez then went on to face Colombia in last night’s World Cup qualifier, and received his marching orders after twenty five minutes.
Tevez kicked out at Colombian defender, Ruben Dario Bustos in an off-the-ball incident. It appears as though our young Argie is not too happy with the tactics of his national side, and is suffering a “goal drought”, going ten games without scoring for his country.
As he walked off the field, he was ignored by the coach and bench, who were less than impressed with his antics, knowing the team of ten men had a large burden to carry for the next sixty five minutes. Messi opened the scoring for Argentina before half time, but this was not enough to give the Argentineans any points, with Colombia scoring two in the second half.
Tevez was blasted “irresponsible” by the Buenos Aires daily, El Clarin, who went on to say, “Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez both had key roles in the night of the defeat. One made us laugh. The other made us cry.”
On the up side, at least Tevez only had twenty five minutes worth of football in the baking heat, in a game played at 2,600 metres above sea level! However this will be little compensation for our passionate player.
Tevez’s tired body and legs now coupled with his feelings of failure and guilt are not ideal preparation for our coming trip to Bolton. Carlos is not set to return to Manchester until Friday, in a journey which will take almost twenty four hours. With Rooney still injured, and Saha having a less than impressive game against Blackburn, in a rare start which saw him subbed off over twenty minutes before time, we will be struggling for decent options up front. The fact the Bolton game is an away fixture is in our favour, with the Bolton team less able to park up in their own half for ninety minutes in front of their home fans.
However, this trip to Bolton might prove to be more complicated than we might have previously anticipated!
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