Carlos Tevez Has Licence to Drive Manchester City to Cup Success

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 3, 2013

Carlos Tevez is in a rich vein of goal scoring form for Manchester City.
Carlos Tevez is in a rich vein of goal scoring form for Manchester City.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester City breathed a collective sigh of relief today after Carlos Tevez avoided a prison sentence for driving while disqualified (BBC News).

The striker was, instead, was banned from driving for six months, fined £1,000 and given 250 hours of community service after being arrested a month ago after leaving the Mottram Hall Hotel in Cheshire.

The Argentina international does not have a United Kingdom driving licence because he failed the theory test.

However, the sentence given to the 29-year-old at Macclesfield magistrates' court means the forward will be available for the Premier League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday and the FA Cup semifinal against Chelsea on April 14.

In the immediate aftermath of his arrest on Mar. 7, Tevez fired home a hat-trick and played a part in City's two other goals in the 5-0 FA Cup quarterfinal win over Barnsley at the Etihad Stadium.

The Argentinian was substituted in the 76th minute but appeared to become embroiled in an exchange of words with manager Roberto Mancini (The Metro) as he left the field.

But the City boss laughed off the incident and joked about Tevez's arrest after the cup-tie (Daily Mail).

For Mancini and the City supporters, though, it was the return to form of the forward which was uppermost in their thoughts after a midseason slump.

Tevez had begun the season with a goal in each of his first four appearances, but did not score again for almost two months and then suffered a further drought of just one goal in 11 matches after scoring in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Dec. 1.

Tevez's lack of goals this season have, largely, come as a result of playing a deeper role for City, but his diminishing returns have left more emphasis on Sergio Aguero for goals.

However, the former West Ham and Manchester United forward is now in a rich seam of form with seven goals, including the treble against Barnsley, in six matches for City.

His goal drought might have contributed toward City conceding this season's Premier League title to their neighbours in Salford, but his current form suggests the player and the team will have the upper hand in their Wembley semifinal against Chelsea.

After their relatively meek surrender of the title this season, the FA Cup represents the best opportunity for City and Mancini to ensure silverware at the Etihad for the third successive season.

Tevez announced in January that he would not be seeking a new deal with City when his current contract ends in 2014 (The Independent) and is looking for a return to Argentina with Boca Juniors.

With Mario Balotelli already at AC Milan after his January transfer, Tevez is widely tipped to join Edin Dzeko, Gareth Barry and Samir Nasri as part of the exodus this summer (The Guardian).

This has been a relatively disappointing season for City after the high of last year's title triumph. The team finished bottom of the Champions League group and have watched United scythe through the opposition on their way toward a 20th league title.

Mancini has also been linked with a departure from the Etihad Stadium this summer (Sky Sports), but it could prove to be Tevez who provides him a get-out-of-jail card by firing City to the FA Cup next month.