Speaking on Jtv’s 'Filo Diretto', the Argentine marksman fires an emphatic warning to Serie A defences
Fresh from a sensational strike at the San Siro, Carlos Tevez revealed his hunger for more during this morning’s chat with Cristina Chiabotto on Jtv’s Filo Diretto, admitting “the next goal is always the sweetest”.
The Argentine hitman, who currently boasts 15 Serie A goals to his name following a summer switch from English Premier League side Manchester City, is already eying this weekend’s home meeting with Fiorentina as the opportunity to reaffirm his position as the division’s top scorer.
The 30-year-old began: “I’m in good shape and we’re working to try and recover as soon as possible for Sunday’s match against Fiorentina. I think it will be a decent game, because they’re the only team to have beaten us in the league so far.”
With the Bianconeri motoring along nicely at the top of Serie A whilst also plotting the downfall of the Viola in the Europa League last 16, Tevez believes the team is starting to fulfil its true potential in the “toughest” league he has ever played in.
“I was always aware of our potential both on and off the pitch. We’re a strong team and know that when we play together, it’s difficult to get the better of us. You can tell Juventus is a big club because everyone views us as the team to beat.
“I’ve played in many countries, but the toughest championship is the Italian one because a great deal of emphasis is played on tactics here.”
Life away from football is also looking rosy for Tevez, who recently celebrated the birth of his first son, Lito Junior.
He believes the similarities between Turin and his homeland of Argentina have made his family’s move to Italy that much smoother.
“I like Turin, it’s similar to cities in Argentina, with the exception of Buenos Aires. I spent seven to eight years in Manchester and found life difficult there. But it’s been easy for my family and I to adapt to life in Turin.”
One of the pressures that Tevez could have felt following his move to the Serie A was the responsibility entrusted to the bearer of the iconic number 10 shirt, worn by the likes of Michel Platini and Alessandro Del Piero in the past.
But the Argentine insists that he shares the fans’ attachment to the shirt and feels fully at ease when pulling on the black and white stripes.
“The number 10 shirt means a lot both to the fans and myself. I’m very happy to wear the Juventus strip on Sundays or Thursdays and I think that’s an important feeling for a player to have.”