Carlos Tevez believes tomorrow’s Group B encounter with Real Madrid represents the first of “three finals” as the Bianconeri go in search of their golden ticket to the Champions League last-16.
The striker, who lifted the prestigious trophy with Manchester United in 2008, is under no illusions as to the game’s importance for both sides but believes home advantage could have a significant part to play in propelling the Bianconeri to their first European win of the season.
Speaking to the media at Juventus Stadium, the Argentine said: “It’s an important game for both teams. For us it’s the first of three vital encounters that will decide whether we go through or not. We need to treat them all as finals. It will be difficult just as it was at the Bernabeu, but this time it’s us at home and we’ll able to count on the boost provided by our fans.”
Alongside the 29-year-old on the night the Red Devils clinched Europe’s most coveted club trophy was the man who will face him tomorrow night, Cristiano Ronaldo.
And despite certain sections of the media billing the head-to-head as a potential ‘Clash of the Titans’ between two of the planet’s finest attacking talents, Tevez says he views the situation differently.
“Tomorrow’s game won’t be a battle between myself and Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s a phenomenal player, but I’ve got nothing to be envious of. Four years since my last Champions League goal? I didn’t even know that. I hope to score against Real, but what interests me most is a Juve win.”