Media round-up: Monday, 17th October

By Ric Turner, Mon 17 October 2011 08:23

Media round-up: Monday, 17th October

The Indepedent report that Carlos Tevez's disciplinary hearing will dominate a vital European week for the club, with the player still unaware last night of when he will appear before the disciplinary panel. Wednesday appears to be the most likely date apparently, but the process could run well into December.

Manager Roberto Mancini says the Villarreal game takes priority over the Manchester derby, according to the Daily Telegraph. “It is important for us to concentrate on Villarreal.” Mancini said. “If we can beat Villarreal — and I don’t think it will be easy — maybe we will have a better chance to go through to the knock-out stages. If we don’t beat them, it will be difficult.”

Meanwhile midfielder James Milner is steeling himself for a huge week ahead as they prepare for Villarreal and the Manchester derby. "They're big games but it won't change our philosophy. We'll go and try and win. We've had a slow start in the Champions League but hopefully we'll pick up and put in a performance that we know we can."

Finally, Mario Balotelli has volunteered to organise the players' Christmas party this year. A source told the Daily Star Sunday: "Mario isn't one for drinking and falling out of clubs, he just thinks he can take a party to the next level. But some of the lads aren't so sure. They are half-expecting imported snow with tigers and dwarves."