Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tim Vickery in South America

The stocky shadow of Carlos Tevez is likely to be cast all over the Copa America in Argentina this July.

The Manchester City striker will almost certainly not be picked for the tournament as Argentina coach Sergio Batista is apparently building a side without him.

He is attempting to create an imitation Barcelona, with Lionel Messi in the 'false number nine' role that Pep Guardiola invented for him with the Catalan club. The back-up is to use Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid as a target man striker.

Tevez, then, is not in the frame in his favourite centre forward role, and he is not a flank flier like Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria, Batista's other strikers in his 4-3-3 foprmation - though it would be no surprise if Sergio Aguero were to force his way in and play the David Villa role in Batista's Buenos Aires Barcelona.

And if Tevez is not going to be in the starting line-up, having him in the squad carries an obvious risk.

As fans of most of the teams he has played for can testify, Tevez is a moaner.

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