One glance at the scoreboard from Tuesday's Champions League clash between Manchester City and Bayern Munich, will raise one immediate question: With an early two goal deficit and a yellow card issued to their top attacking presence in the first 45 minutes, where was the offensive restructuring for City? Why didn't Mancini put Carlos Tevez on the pitch?
The answer: he did. Or at least he tried to. But the Argentine playmaker allegedly refused to play.
Following the match, Roberto Mancini revealed that he tried to utilize Tevez as a sub in an attempt to level things out for the ailing squad that just couldn't find the back of the net. According to Mancini, "he just refused to go on. I don't know why."
The incident fueled a rather extensive tirade of negative remarks from the Italian manager, who said of Tevez: "If I have my way he will be out of the club."
"I helped Carlos for two years but I cannot accept this behavior. I have helped him every time for two years, he has wanted to leave but I still picked him. The thing is there were still 30 minutes until the end of the game. We could still change it. Carlos didn't play at the start of the season because he has not had a pre-season for three years. He was not ready to play. If it was another player may be this could happen but for a player to refuse to go on in an important game like this is not right."
Carlos Tevez's midsummer desires to leave Manchester City in favor of his former club Corinthians in Brazil has hardly been a secret. But the deal to move the striker closer to his family in South America fell through when terms could not be agreed upon before the end of the Brazilian transfer window.
Not anymore, I'm sure.
There's a reason why other players attempting to escape their English clubs during the summer months, such as Luka Modric, didn't stoop to such levels of dissent to force a move. Sure, the Croatian Sensation at Tottenham came dangerously close in milking his supposed "hamstring" injury for all it was worth in the first couple of EPL matches, but he never went so far as to allow himself to be named to the roster before absolutely refusing to perform in the middle of a crucial match.
That would be career suicide. It's a line that simply cannot be crossed if you ever intend to play in Europe, again.
Roberto Mancini clearly took the dissent as a personal shot at his own authority as a manager, stating: "Would something like this happen at Bayern Munich, AC Milan or Manchester United? I am the manager. I decide everything."
Any manager of any respectable European organization would likely feel the same way, and surely have next to zero interest in having their authority undermined; especially, in such a disrespectful manner by any player, no matter how big a name or effective of a goal scorer, the are.
But Carlos Tevez doesn't want to play in Europe again, a point that he hammered home in the middle of a match during a time when his club needed him more than ever.
I'm sure Manchester City will wish him the absolute best of luck in Brazil. And, for his own sake, I hope he doesn't change his mind when he gets there, because he just effectively ended his European career forever.