"Carlitos, are you there?" asked the coach at half time. His answer came on the pitch, with that beauty that cannoned in off the underside of Abbiati's crossbar, along with yet another lung-busting display.
That little snippet from the Bianconeri dressing room, which Tevez revealed to Sky Italia after the game, shows just what an intense environment it is. A really hard-fought game, in the balance until that bit of magic from a world-class performer. A player whose 15th league goal of the season – a rocket at more than 100km/h – has now put him out in front in the top scorers' charts.
"The ball dipped very sharply, that's what stopped the goalkeeper from saving it," said Carlitos after the match in response to a question from Gianluca Vialli, who asked him whether the shot was savable.
"Tonight's win was so important. We knew that Roma hadn't won against Inter and it was important to get three points – even if this match was worth more than that," continued Tevez.
His goal could only be dedicated to Lito Junior, the newest arrival in the Tevez household: the highlight of an emotional week. The dummy was all ready to go, it was just waiting to be brandished to the world.
"I'd already planned to dedicate the goal to him, sadly I broke the dummy as I pulled it out!" said the striker in reference to his celebration.
The pundits in the studio compared Tevez and Llorente to Del Piero and Trezeguet. Along with Arturo Vidal, the trio have hit 37 goals: Juve are the only side in Serie A to have three players into double figures.
Tevez concluded: "Let's keep doing that, scoring goals for the team. Making history is on the back burner for now, first of all let's think about the team and winning the league."