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Sunday September 21 2014
Tevez man of the moment

Once again Carlos Tevez proved himself to be man of the moment and Dave Taylor compares him to the Juventus greats.

“I play for a team and with this one I always play as if it were my last game,” said current Juventus goal scoring hero and its striker Carlos Tevez. A player who with his terrific spirit recalls to mind previous Bianconeri bandiere like fellow Argentinean Omar Sivori, John Charles, Roberto Bettega and more recently Gianluca Vialli, Fabrizio Ravanelli and David Trezeguet. All Juve icons and all terrific strikers who like The Apache fought to the end for the shirt.

Certainly Tevez is Juve’s man of the moment and following his two goals in midweek against Malmo in the Champions League, he drew level with the one and only Bettega. Following his second goal he has now scored 24 in his first 51 matches. Although it is still two less than another Juve legend Michael Platini, and four less than the incomparable Roberto Baggio, it is still noteworthy.

And although he has only been with Juve one full season his stats stand up well to previous strikers. For instance last season in 34 Serie A games he scored 19, while Bettega scored 17 in 30 league appearances. Of course he would have to go some to beat the magnificent Charles, who just for the record scored 28 in 34 matches. Yet in more modern times Carlito’s records stand up well against Vialli, who scored six in 32 games in his first season while his strike partner Ravanelli had five in 22.

A touch nearer was arguably Juve’s last great striker Trezeguet, who scored 14 in 25 games. All told the Frenchman contributed 123 over 214 league appearances and by the time he was released from the last year of his contract at the start of the 2010-11 season, he had scored 171 goals to become Juve’s all-time top foreign goalscorer. If Tevez can get somewhere near those sort of averages and Sivori’s 131 in 214, he won’t have done too bad.

Perhaps Tevez most resembles the great Sivori, who recorded 22 goals in 32 league games in his first season. Like Sivori, who played for Juve from 1957-65, Tevez can play in several attacking roles and is excellent in each one. He also has a similar head down no nonsense movement that opposition defenders underestimate at their peril along with that absurdly deceptive touch his predecessor had. Plus with eight assists in Serie A last season, he has that ability to see a couple of moves ahead. Factor in his one-track mind when it comes to goals and like Sivori in his day he is the perfect modern striker.

And like Sivori, Tevez can also be tetchy one minute and an inspiring leader the next. Yet so far Juve fans have witnessed none of the shenanigans that wrecked his relationship with his former manager at Manchester City, Roberto Mancini.

Since arriving from City, the 30-year-old has been in absolutely sparkling form and has carried last season’s form into this, with four goals and one assist in four games.

It is not only Juve fans who have been impressed, but also the new Argentina Coach Gerardo Martino, who is prepared to recall Tevez to the national team after his three years in an international wilderness.

His magic goals against Malmo certainly reminded Martino of Carlito’s skills. His alertness to pick up on Kojo Asamoah’s sumptuous back-heel to score the first goal, which broke a five-year personal Champions League hoodoo, was typical of his current form. Then at the death Carlito added another with a sublime free-kick from the edge of the box that curled past and foiled the Malmo ‘keeper. Not that Tevez is getting carried away with the win. “The Champions League mustn’t be an obsession,” he said. “We should take it one game at a time.”

And how! On Saturday came Juve’s toughest fixture yet, playing Milan at San Siro. However, after a tough game Tevez came to the rescue and struck with less than 20 minutes to go after snapping onto a great pass from Paul Pogba to coolly beat Christian Abbiati for the winning goal.And for a player taking on a deeper role this season, which allows him to run at defenders, he is still scoring like the old Tevez. “I like this position. There weren’t many opportunities today but I managed to score eventually and I am happy,” he grinned after the match,proving that he does play every game as if it is his last one.

Have your say...
Tevez isn't world class, he is a good player. Llorente is worse, but the midfield is what keeps Juve alive. Tevez has never proved anything when it comes to playing top opposition with Juve, he fades, so good but not great.
on the 26th September, 2014 at 11:53am
Even though Tevez has not had enough influence going deep into continental tournaments, he is certainly a world class talent on his day.

Consistency is always the marker of a world class talent imposing themself on their sport and it appears as though Tevez has found the ideal situation and peace of mind at Juventus to find this. I believe he could be the forward to push Juve far in the champions lg.

Let's hope he gets a call up to the Argentina squad to have another shot at the Copa America.
on the 22nd September, 2014 at 2:50pm
massive signing and awesome player i was always excited about the purchase of Tevez and im glad he continues to prove me right but as mentioned in previous comments although i like llorente id like to see morata start with tevez seeing as he is tall and strong so can hold the ball well like llorente but is way more mobile so would be an added threat in more ways.I imagine/and hope we'll see more of both morata and coman this wed so tevez and llorente can get some rest.
on the 22nd September, 2014 at 8:01am
I agree with all your points and love Carlitos, I believe he has found the right club and city for him and family and it shows in his on field passion and dedication to the team. Its only been 4 games inc champions league, so i realise this thought will eventually become invalid but my only concern is a possible over reliance on him, llorente is not delivering much at the moment, and i am strongly desiring for Morata and Coman to get more than 5 mins at the end but i doubt allegri will do this.
on the 22nd September, 2014 at 1:15am
Tevez is a compete modern striker. A natural goal scorer who drags the team forward with his grit and determination. A fantastic piece of business last year, proving that the financial gap can be bridged by creative thinking. All the attackers will be needed this year and it'll be interesting to see which pairings click the most.
on the 21st September, 2014 at 10:00pm
I agree with Rufus,Morata looks more mobile than Llorente and would offer far better options as would Coman.Tevev is definitely a Conte type player who never hides-unlike Balotelli-and he plays all out for the Unit.
on the 21st September, 2014 at 8:06pm
Tevez is a true warrior, a fine modern striker. I would like to see him pair Morata or Koman,that would be a deadly comba
on the 21st September, 2014 at 4:27pm

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