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Tevez wants to be fit for Wembley

SoccerNews in English Premier League, FA Cup 20 Apr 2011

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Carlos Tevez has spoken of his determination to play for Manchester City in the FA Cup final against Stoke on May 14.

The City captain was in Milan having treatment for a hamstring injury and missed Saturday’s semi-final win over Manchester United at Wembley.

While his chances are rated as 50-50 of making a comeback in the Wembley showpeice, the Argentine striker is hopeful he can lead Roberto Mancini’s side to their first trophy in 35 years.

“I have played in the cup for three teams and know what an important competition it is. In some countries the domestic cup is not important,” Tevez told the Daily Mail.

“But because of the history and of what the FA Cup means to the supporters it carries more significance.”

“It always has a special atmosphere because of that and I’m sure the game will be an amazing occasion.”

Tevez, 27, is confident City can treat their fans to anothermemorable day in the capital and finally add silverware to their trophy cabinet after years without any success.

“We are playing well and we have a chance to achieve something big for Manchester City,” he said.

“For the club, owners and fans. As a player you want to play in the big occasions.”

“I played at Wembley once for United against Everton in the semi-finals. We lost the penalty shoot-out so it’s not a happy memory.”

“United have been winning the games that we felt we could win – but we felt Saturday was an opportunity to beat them and dedicate an historic win to our supporters.”

While Tevez is determined to lead the City side out of the Wembley tunnel in 24 days’ time, his long-term future at Eastlands is far from certain, with Juventus the latest club being linked with the marksman.

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