Saturday August 24 2013
Conte hails Tevez and Pogba

Antonio Conte praised Carlos Tevez for his work rate and believes Paul Pogba “can become the best in the world.”

The Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia after Juventus secured a 1-0 victory away to Sampdoria in their opening game of the Serie A season.

“Tevez is working very hard, not just on the field but also off it. He’s a wonderful person,” explained Conte of his goalscorer.

“He is improving, as are Fernando Llorente and Angelo Ogbonna, who will take time to settle into a squad that already did so well for two years.”

Pogba provided the assist for Tevez and at age 20 has already become a mainstay in the Juve midfield.

“We started working on him a year ago and his progress has been incredible. I saw his interviews in which he said he wanted to become the best in the world. I am happy with that, because in my view he can be the best.

“Pogba is eclectic and a modern player, as he is strong, fast and has stamina. He’s also humble, so listens to the advice given by me and by his teammates.”

It is particularly remarkable considering Juve snapped up Pogba on a free transfer from Manchester United.

“We can’t spend €30m for a player, so we try to move early to get either Bosman transfers or low-cost opportunities so we can get in front of the rest.”

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