City to focus on football - Platt

BY foxsports • December 17, 2010

News of Tevez's determination to leave the club broke after the victory against West Ham at the weekend. The Argentina striker sat out the match as he was suspended but he is due to return against Everton on Monday. Tevez was rested last night when City secured top spot in Group A after a 1-1 draw with Juventus in the Europa League. Manager Roberto Mancini was due to meet the player at Carrington today but those talks may have to be postponed after the group were stuck in Italy overnight. They instead returned to Manchester on Friday after technical difficulties with the plane on Thursday night. Mancini has already stated that Tevez - who has scored 10 goals this season - will return to the side. City have momentum both at home and abroad and are on course for a place in the Champions League next season. Platt does not think the dynamic will change because of the Tevez saga. He said: "I think players keep themselves in a bubble. In my experience of professional football they are very resilient. "We know there is an issue around the club but it is not an issue that affects what is happening on the pitch. "Once they cross that white line they go out and play. I don't think it will be a problem with our on-field stuff. "Roberto will sit down face to face with Carlos and everyone is adult about the situation. We will see what comes of it." City showed their credentials in the Europa League by battling back to take a point in the Stadio Olimpico from a strong Juventus side. Jo capped a good night's work by sweeping home a cross from Adam Johnson at the back post in the 77th minute. It meant City edged out Lech Poznan on goal difference to claim pole position after Niccolo Giannetti had opened the scoring for the Italians - and today they were drawn against Aris Thessaloniki in the last 32. Former Inter Milan coach Mancini, who made nine changes, was satisfied at the way the fringe players reacted. He was also jeered by Juventus fans on his return to Italy but joked: "I am quite glad because it means they remember me." As well as Tevez, Aleksandar Kolarov is also available after a ban but Nigel de Jong sits out the Everton match under the totting-up procedure. Mancini knows David Moyes' side present a stiff test and added: "Everton will be tough but we must continue in the way we have been going. "We needed time because we had so many new players, and we can still improve in many areas of our game. Now we must focus on what happens in the league."


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