Tevez: 'It's not revenge over United until City are in the final' - Exclusive
Published 23:00 20/01/10 By David McDonnell
Carlos Tevez has defended his goading of Gary Neville and insists he has no fear ahead of his return to Manchester United next week.
Tevez and Neville were involved in an amazing spat during Manchester City's 2-1 Carling Cup semi-final first leg win over United on Tuesday.
After scoring from the penalty spot, Tevez gestured for Neville to keep his mouth shut after the United skipper had claimed he was not worth the £25million City had paid for him.
Neville, who was warming up on the touchline, responded by giving Tevez the finger, and could face an FA charge for the crude gesture after being caught in the act.
But Tevez, far from being repentant, defended his right to taunt Neville and said he will only feel he has revenge over United if City can make the Carling Cup final at their expense.
"I never suffered a problem at United and I don't understand what was said in the papers and the gesture [from Gary Neville]," said Tevez.
"My celebration always creates talk but I never want to provoke anyone.
"I dedicate my joy and success to the City fans - never against the United fans.
"They attacked me during the Premier League match at Old Trafford earlier this season but, for me, that's forgotten.
"For me, the matches with United are not vindication because I have already demonstrated at United that I'm a professional and good player.
"I'm not worried about the reception at Old Trafford for the next game. I played in the Premier League game and that will only inspire me to do well in the second leg.
"It's not revenge fulfilled because City still haven't reached the final. I think the second leg will be harder than the first game.
"I enjoyed my best moment for City and I'm desperate to play and be successful in the return."
City will take a 2-1 advantage to Old Trafford for next Wednesday's decisive return leg at Old Trafford where they will be aiming to reach their first cup final for 28 years.
Tevez also revealed his ear-cupping celebration for the winner against United was inspired by a cult South American TV children's puppet called Topo Gigio - a mouse with huge ears.
The celebration, performed in front of the United bench, was seen as a dig at Fergie for refusing to pay Tevez's advisers their asking price to sign him permanently.
But Tevez said: "The gesture Topo Giggio is not mine 100 per cent. I copied the action of my Argentina team-mate Juan Roman Riquelme and it wasn't done to create controversy.