Pablo Zabaleta believes Manchester City team-mate Carlos Tevez has returned to his best form for the club following last season’s commotions.
Tevez infamously went AWOL for three months at City last season after refusing to warm-up as a substitute in a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich in a huge bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini.
Left out of first-team proceedings for six months and seemingly with his City career over, Mancini expertly recalled the tenacious Argentine at a crucial part last season and the gamble paid off as Tevez scored important goals in helping City win the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Speaking of the situation in the Daily Star, fellow Argentine international Zabaleta said: "It's been difficult for Carlos, for Mancini, for the club. From something small, it grew so big."
"After it happened, everything went crazy and it was so difficult.
"Everybody makes mistakes. The positive thing is Carlos came back again and the commitment for the club and team has been 100 per cent, so that is well done by him.
"Is he as good as before? Yes, definitely. He got a fantastic goal against Chelsea and he's been great all season."
And Tevez has been on fine form this campaign. Three goals in his last three games suggests his love-hate relationship with Mancini is now very much the former and he is enjoying his football and more importantly trying to help City gun down Manchester United’s 12-point advantage at the top of the table.
Zabaleta has won a lot of plaudits for his performances this season himself, not only making himself one of the first names on Mancini’s team-sheet but also captaining the side in Vincent Kompany’s absence through injury.
Under no illusions that it has been a disappointing season so far at the City of Manchester Stadium, the 28-year-old full-back added:
"We should have done better than we did this season. We still have the FA Cup, but we are still learning."
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