August 23rd, 2010
Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour
Carlos Tevez put on a show fit for a king on Monday night as Manchester City’s owner Sheik Mansour paid his first visit to Eastlands to see what he had got for his £1billion investment.
The Argentina striker scored twice in a 3-0 win over Liverpool that underlined City’s desire to break up the Barclays Premier League’s established order.
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It was a big win for the club and manager Roberto Mancini. He was delighted to see new signing James Milner set up the first goal for Gareth Barry and goalkeeper Joe Hart justify his selection with a stunning double save from David Ngog and Fernando Torres with the score at 2-0 in the second half.
Pleased to be here: Sheik Mansour takes the acclaim of the City crowd
Mancini said: ‘If the players have a good mentality then we can do everything and beat every team. I think the owner is very happy and it was important to win and play well on the night that he was here.
‘He has been busy but he has spoken to Carlos Tevez as he is the captain and is very pleased. Maybe he should come every week!
‘This is a fantastic night for Manchester City and I am very pleased. I don’t know if we can win the league. It is just important that we play well game after game.’
City are now in the top four of the league after two games and Liverpool are fourth from bottom.
Hodgson added: ‘I thought we were maybe a little unlucky with that wonderful double save of Joe Hart’s that could have got us back in the game, but we defended poorly for the goals and they took their chances well.
‘I thought they played very solidly and strongly throughout, they were very strong physically, they took charge of the game and we were always fighting to get back into it so you just have to accept they were better man to man.’