AC Milan manager Massimo Allegri admits that the addition of Carlos Tevez has probably increased Juventus’ stranglehold on Italian football.
The double Scudetto winners bought Argentine poacher Carlitos in a cut-price deal from Manchester City after he had been linked to the Rossoneri for most of last season.
But Allegri says he has no regrets about missing out on Tevez, because he already has Mario Balotelli at his disposal.
Super Mario is the sharp end of Milan’s attack, and is poised to become the biggest star in Italian football as his colourful career develops at the San Siro.
It may have been tempting for Allegri to consider Tevez, but when all is said and done, he insists he is more confident with Balotelli to unleash.
“We have no regrets at all about (not getting) Tevez,” Allegri said, according to Soccernet.
“We got Balotelli in January and one of them is 23 and the other is 29.
“Balotelli is an absolute star at Milan and he can only get better.”
Milan face Juve in the friendly pre-season Trofeo Tim on Tuesday night, and both teams are likely to field their strongest line-ups, in a bid to get the jump on one another ahead of the new campaign.
The clash between former Manchester City team-mates Balotelli and Tevez should be intriguing, and Allegri surely hopes his young star gets the upper hand.
But even if that happens, the Milan boss has still described The Old Lady as the heavy favourites to defend the Serie A title.
“They are clear favourites for the title,” he said.
“Not only because they are the defending champions, but also because they have further strengthened their side.”