Carlos Tevez says he has experienced a tough first pre-season with Juventus but is confident the hard work will pay off as the team gears up for their Super Cup showdown with Lazio on Sunday 18 August.
The Argentine striker was speaking ahead of tonight’s Guinness International Champions Cup clash with LA Galaxy in Los Angeles, a city in which there is naturally great interest surrounding Juventus’ new arrival, given its high Hispanic and Latin American population.
Having begun the afternoon by conducting a long exclusive interview with ESPN, Tevez emerged to chat to Italian journalists about his first few weeks in the black and white stripes of Juventus.
The 29-year-old said: “I’m training very intensely, and it’s normal to be a bit tired. I haven’t worked this hard since I was at Boca Juniors. The objective is to be ready for the Super Cup on 18 August, and games such as our clash against Galaxy are useful to help you prepare in the best possible way.”
Along with the lung-busting physical work, there are also new systems and patterns of play to learn as the Argentine seeks to make an instant adaptation to life in Serie A.
“Conte also places great importance on tactics and is very well-prepared. I’m looking to pay careful attention to the systems used and apply what Conte asks of me on the field of play.”
Tevez’s glowing words about Antonio Conte’s methods were recently reciprocated by the Juventus manager, who told journalists he finds the Argentine a pleasure to work with and nothing like the character portrayed by certain sections of the media.
The striker concluded: “I’m a good person and I think that in the long run time will tell exactly what someone’s really like.”