Carlos Tevez will lead City to derby day victory, says Gareth Barry
Published 10:33 09/11/10 By James Nursey
Gareth Barry is tipping Man City captain Carlos Tevez to spark a famous win over Manchester United tomorrow.
City can go level on points with their illustrious neighbours and bitter rivals United with a win at Eastlands in the Premier League.
Midfielder Barry is expecting big things from skipper Tevez, 26, with the striker now back from Argentina after treatment on a dead leg.
Tevez returned for City in their 2-0 win at West Brom on Sunday when the visitors went fourth.
Tevez is now sure to be fired up to face his old club after controversially leaving United last summer.
And with Mario Balotelli suspended following his red card at The Hawthorns, Barry is looking to Tevez after his triumphant return at Albion.
Barry said: "It is no surprise that the players were raised with Carlos back.
"He is only a small person but he makes up for it with the way he gets his body in front of the big defenders.
"He is a great leader, lifting everyone's spirits. That is what he is about, as well as being a great player, he can lift the team spirit."
After leaving Manchester United, Tevez bagged 29 goals for City last season - including three against his former club.
The forward has seven more this campaign to enhance his cult status at Eastlands despite claims he is unsettled.
Barry added: "I couldn't tell you if he was homesick - if he is, he is keeping it well hidden."
Barry, who recently apologised following a drinking session in Scotland, felt victory at WBA was essential.
The England midfielder revealed Mancini's squad had a clear-the-air meeting before the win after three successive reverses.
He said: "We'd had three defeats in a row - if you are going to be a top four club that is a crisis.
"Training last week and then in the hotel before the West Brom game we got a chance to meet about it.
"There are negative vibes saying that we were fighting, but negative things said about you can help with a siege mentality.
"The West Brom game was a chance to get together and stop the rot and get some confidence for Wednesday's game.
"Hopefully we can go on a big run now going into Wednesday."