Saturday June 29 2013
Tevez: Juve treasure or trouble?

As Juventus announce the signing of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, Alex Mott asks if the Argentine is worth the hassle.

“I chose Juventus because it was my dream to play here in Italy and the Bianconeri were the only club who really wanted me,” Carlos Tevez stated at his official unveiling on Thursday afternoon. “Your football is one of the hardest and most beautiful in the world.”

After back-to-back Scudetti without a true goalscorer, the Old Lady now have two on their books. Fernando Llorente will come in this summer after running down his contract at Athletic Bilbao, and with the Manchester City forward joining him for as little as €9m, the rest of Serie A are right to be scared going into the 2013-14 campaign.

The Argentine striker may not be known for his loyalty and dedication to the cause, but when he gets it right, as Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini can attest, the 29-year-old gets it very, very right. 107 goals in nearly 250 games for both Manchester clubs shows the talent Tevez has at his disposal. Which is a good job really, because being given the No.10 jersey at the Juventus Stadium means having to hit the back of the net regularly.

There was general bemusement when Antonio Conte’s side decided to hand the mythical shirt to the bullish, bolshie Argentine. Having gone untouched since Alessandro Del Piero left the club in 2012, it was widely expected to remain so, and perhaps even be retired. However, as owner John Elkann explained, “Juve now have another great No.10.”

There is certainly going to be pressure going into the new season for Tevez – expectations will be high, and with that shirt number on his back, fans will want the best, all of the time. Luckily, the Buenos Aires-born attacker knows pressure, as he explained to reporters. “The responsibility of the 10 is enormous. I already inherited that shirt from Diego Maradona at Boca Juniors. I respect it, it provides me with a challenge. I respect Del Piero, who is a symbol of this club and a great player.”

He may be saying all the right things, but as Ferguson and Mancini can also confirm, the striker has another more temperamental side. At every club he’s been to, Tevez has sought the exit door after a season or two – it happened at West Ham, where he pushed through a move to Old Trafford. And when that went wrong, it wasn’t long before he was off across the city to the Etihad Stadium. Some promising early performances were then followed by a fall-out with Mancini and that incident in Munich.  A nine-month sabbatical and mid-season golfing holidays in Argentina were interspersed with a hat-trick against Norwich and match-winning goals against Aston Villa and Swansea.

Carlos Tevez is a man of contradictions – mature calmness in front of goal mixed with a child’s tendency to sulk. A man who works tirelessly on the pitch when it suits him, but very little off it. Some may say it’s a gamble from Juventus, but at just €9m, it’s probably a gamble worth taking.

Have your say...
Tevez is not deserve to using no. 10,, Juve Just need a Creative Player in the middle and a good crosser. up to now, No Player like that in Juve Team.. Asamoah is bad crosser in the left wing, Listener.. so so.. de Maria, i guess, juve need a player like him.. good crossing, good skill individu (creator)
on the 2nd August, 2013 at 2:10pm
Hey Jack u said if the number 10 was retired during the dayz of Omar Sivori, Del piero couldn't have worn it ryt? Ok u r wrong young man cos Del Piero got the 10 @a young age as such he was destined 2 honour and add more prestige nd glory 2 that number cos of his loyalty nd he was gonna serve the team in a very long run up 2 a period of 19 years. Compare Tevez @ age 29 given the number 10? How long is he gonna stay in the club? Check out his disciplinary issues? He doesn't deserve 10
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 9:59am
After signing Tevez, Llorente and today Ogbonna. I see only one position left to improve, the midfield, and bologna's Alessandro Diamanti, could be the right move! Good play, not very expensive.
on the 9th July, 2013 at 1:55pm

You really have nothing left to say wagon. I feel sorry for you.

I did "string" sentences and facts that stroke your nerves and you couldn't answer them. Go review the blogs and zip it.

I stroke you down with Gigi penalties facts, and now you don't even realize that you haven't made an argument about Tevez. Oh my God how pathetic you are !
on the 2nd July, 2013 at 7:57pm
MustuffU, the fact your unable to string a sentence together and you use terminology such as troll and jack wagon, no doubt influenced by the mirror you look in, leads most people to form the inevitable conclusion that your not the full ticket. I'm still waiting for you to try and answer back to the tevez argument. Your probably a sheep that is on the balotelli and SES bandwagon at the moment given that your only football knowledge apparently comes from the play station. U need 2 get a job son
on the 2nd July, 2013 at 6:34pm

You always fail to comprehend because you're lacking brain tissues.

You got yourself embarrassed in a couple of blogs and now you act as a angry boy.

Go play PS3 and have a lollipop. I made my point and I quit educating jack-wagons long time ago.

Go google troll, you will see: "Did you mean BOSS?"

Ignoramus :)
on the 2nd July, 2013 at 11:22am
Interesting views from Boban. He shares my opinion on SES, but I think that he is wrong about Tevez, IMO, Tevez is definitely world class. I also rate Llorente highly. He really impressed me during Bilbao's run to the EL final last year. His link up play, awareness, & technique was first class.

Sadly Sam, I do expect the EPL to be stronger this season as the clubs will now have more cash than ever thanks to the new tv deal, & also the additions of Mourinho & Pellegrino.
on the 2nd July, 2013 at 8:53am
Daniel Giambrone you speak a lot of sense! The EPL is the most overated league in the world, and i'm from England. Forza Serie A!
on the 2nd July, 2013 at 6:37am
I think Tevez will do great in Juve shirt. i like him a lot, as he is a warrior on the field, and i'd like to think that he will show his true character in a good sense of course. yes he might be troublemaker sometimes, but common he is a player and everyone has his own character. i believe Conte will transfer him into real Juventus player. and regarding #10, i also think that players must be given chances to prove themselves. and i think Tevez has the quality to do so.
on the 1st July, 2013 at 7:18pm
great buy, alot of people said the same thing about vucinic when he signed, he will add to the squad. i do think juve need to sell now fabio q, matri need to move on, melo shouldb sold and giovinco isnt doing what he did at parma
on the 1st July, 2013 at 6:30pm
Mustuffa, wth is a troll, I'm not part of your family son. Your total stupidity is hard 2 comprehend, if i was a glory supporter I'd b with Munich. I've made it clear I'm a juve supporter throughout. You must b a sorry Milan supporter jealous of juve. I don't blame you.

I know it's hard 4 u, but at least try and make a point in your comments, if you can't, then make yourself useful and polish my football boots
on the 1st July, 2013 at 5:35pm

Oh, so the troll got to another blog to avoid embarrassing himself. What a nice move.

So, you acting as a Juventino right now ? You are really the biggest troll in Football-italia. So whatever team starts winning, you start suppoting it. I wonder if you're gonna support Monaco in the coming season.

This sums you up:

- Lack of knowledge
- Lack of intelligence
- Lack of football knowledge

And that makes you: a jackwagon :)
on the 1st July, 2013 at 6:26am
@ Joe

I think it is ridiculous to suggest Juventus should have retired the number 10 shirt. If the internet was around in the sixties I am sure people would have been saying Sivor's number 10 should be retired. If this had happened we wouldn't have seen our other great number 10's like Platini, Baggio and Del Piero. They each made their own history in that iconic shirt and future player's deserve the same chance. Do you think Juventus should retire the number 1 shirt when Buffon retire's.
on the 1st July, 2013 at 6:21am
Finally an Italian team makes a decent signing. Juve will again be carrying serie a on their back this season as well. While the other crap teams in serie a sell we buy. Sums it up the fact juve makes up most of the Italian team. Disappointed in serie a. As for idiots like mustuffa who can barely string a sentence together but then try and slate tevez, wth, the guy is class and adds to any strike force, mustuffa just kneel before us and watch us win the league again.
on the 30th June, 2013 at 5:26pm
A few years ago I would not approve of this signing but after seeing Bendtner & Anelka playing in Bianconeri colours, one can't help but be happy.

Tevez is kind of like Cassano, a ticking time bomb waiting to explode, its only a matter of time...
on the 30th June, 2013 at 3:16pm
he is a champion, I wish him all the best
on the 30th June, 2013 at 11:36am

I was talking about the strikers, obviously. You didn't think I meant Juve signed only 1 player all last summer, did you?
on the 30th June, 2013 at 10:18am
Juve should not have given Tevez the No. 10 shirt! He's not fit to tie del Piero's boot laces! Alex was a loyal and dedicated servant to Juve! Tevez is disloyal and arrogant as proved by his actions at both Man Utd and Man City! He's a troublemaker and acts only in his own best interests! Bad move, Juve!!!
on the 30th June, 2013 at 7:34am
Tevez has the work ethic and the skillset but the Serie A will put his football intelligence to the test. I don't think he can be a good assistman but he could be a great finisher. He did it at Man City and I'm sure he can do better under Conte, who is a better man-manager than Mancini.
on the 30th June, 2013 at 7:10am
I always believed that Carlos Tevez was on a different level to Rooney who in my opinion is the most over-rated player in Europe. I live in England and have to put up with so called experts constantly branding Rooney a world class player and capable of playing for Europe's elite. Those who think Rooney has the quality or the professionalism to play for the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich are deluded in the extreme. PSG and the French League would be about his level.
on the 30th June, 2013 at 3:44am
Great signing for Juve. Man Utd made a huge error in not buying him outright when they had the chance. Tevez gives any team he plays for an extra 30% on work-rate, strength and desire alone. He'll chip in with 12-15 goals, not a lot, but a goal in Seria A is worth 2 in the other leagues.

Napoli were sleeping here. Tevez would be a great replacement for Cavane when he eventually leaves.

Juve for the title again next season it seems.
on the 29th June, 2013 at 9:40pm
Sajad, there is very little in it between Serie A & the EPL. When you consider the huge cash advantage that English clubs have, then you have to say that this relative parity is a failure on the EPL's part. The EPL, overall, has more star names, but Serie A has much better coaches & tactical variety. Serie A is also stronger from top to bottom. Most importantly Italian football still has its soul, there is very little that is English about the EPL!
on the 29th June, 2013 at 8:03pm
For myself I'm jealous of the move at least juve are putting the effort in creating a squad worth. Of europe, while my inter sell the youth and are trying trade cassano for belfodil plus cash and bring in a. Dozen more midfielders to fix the problem of a poor defense I'm becoming very disappointed with this summers transfer campaign
on the 29th June, 2013 at 7:58pm
Viktor, don't get me wrong Rooney is a quality player, even if he is a greedy chav. (asking for a transfer in 2010-when he was in shocking form-& what do utd do?! they double his wages!! things like this make you fall out of love with the game). ForzaNapoli you are right Napoli need some serious surgery at the back including the keeper, & Ogbonna would be perfect for them. Mertens is a great signing btw-very skillful & lively.
on the 29th June, 2013 at 7:50pm
Viktor, your friend is perfectly entitled to his opinion, but I disagree! I've followed Utd for almost 30 years. IMO Tevez was playing better than Rooney when he was at old trafford. Rooney has almost always played in fits & starts, scoring his goals in bunches rather than stringing them out. If anything, Rooney has gone backwards since his Everton days. During the early part of his career he would run at players, he has never really done that at Utd.
on the 29th June, 2013 at 7:41pm
Tevez is a tremendous signing and I have no problem with him been given the number 10 shirt. Someone had to take it at some point and Tevez has the confidence in his own ability to ask for the shirt. It doesn't mean we have forgot about Alex or any of the iconic number 10's like Baggio and Platini. With the signing of Carlos Tevez and the imminent arrival of Fernando Llorente, our striking department has been given a real upgrade. To Milan and Naples...catch us if you can!!!
on the 29th June, 2013 at 7:39pm
I believe he'll be useful for Juve cause calcio's level is inferior to England's primer league .
on the 29th June, 2013 at 6:34pm
You do realize Pogba was bought in last season

@Daniel Giambrone
Ogbonna would have been best suited to Napoli, as at Juve he can be wasted under Chiellini, Barzagli, Bonucci and Caceres. Here at Naples, hed have Fernandez, Britos and Gamberini to comptete with him, and he would provide the pace and strength we need at the back.
on the 29th June, 2013 at 3:36pm
I don't like this guy. He is not a super striker and a troublemaker. I hope he will be nothing but a benchwarmer like Bentnder.

on the 29th June, 2013 at 3:32pm
They got him for a good price but he's probably only a short-term solution.

If his arrival means Jovetic won't be coming, then it may not turn out to be a good deal.

Having said that, after last summers disaster when Bendtner was all that arrived, Tevez and Llorente coming in for a combined 12m euro seems like heaven in comparison.
on the 29th June, 2013 at 2:01pm

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