Mancini: I made a mistake
Manchester City's Carlos Tevez is facing Wembley heartache after manager Roberto Mancini revealed the striker has suffered a damaged hamstring.
The City captain is involved in a race against time to face his former club Manchester United in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final after limping out of his side's 3-0 defeat at Liverpool last night.
"Carlos has a hamstring [injury]," said Mancini after the game. "It will be very difficult for the semi-final. I don't think he will play. We will try to recover him but we also think of the other six league games."
Tevez's injury summed up a shocking night for City, who conceded three goals in the space of 22 first-half minutes at Anfield. Andy Carroll helped himself to his first two goals in a Liverpool shirt since his £35million arrival from Newcastle United in the January transfer window while Dirk Kuyt got the other.
The result has left City with it all to do to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League, the target Mancini has set his players. City remain fourth, three points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, but have now played a game more than the London club.
"I'm disappointed with myself because I think I made a mistake," added Mancini, referring to his team selection. The Italian has now not seen his side win away from home in the league in six attempts.
"It was my fault. Not with the players because the players played 100 per cent. Probably I made a mistake in the last two days but I know why. I did three changes and brought in three fresh players. Our focus was not good.
"It probably was my mistake because we prepared for this game not very well. But I think it is better to lose one game 3-0 than three games 1-0."
Mancini was less than impressed with his problematic Italian striker Mario Balotelli. Balotelli was sent on as a replacement for Tevez but his performance was deemed so poor by Mancini that the substitute ended up being taken off himself. "He didn't play well," said Mancini bluntly.
On City's chances of qualifying for the Champions League, he added: "I am not worried, I am sure we will get in the Champions League."