Register Login Live

International

Tevez Warms To Italian Football

Italian clubs have hardly fared well in the Champions League since Inter Milan won the competition under Jose Mourinho before the last World Cup.

Since then, the Serie A has become a relative laughing stock among Europe’s top leagues.

Betting and corruption scandals, racism and especially the poor quality of football have seen the Serie A fall well behind the Bundesliga, La Liga and English Premier League in the pecking order.

Some pundits even say that the Eredivise and French league now rank higher than the Serie A, with its grandiose history but paltry present.

Juventus striker Carlos Tevez says he shared the same view of Italian football before he joined the Serie A champions. But now that he has experienced it from within, he says that the world has got Italian football wrong.

“I can tell you what I thought about Italian football,” the 29-year-old former Manchester United and Manchester City star told Hurra Juventus.

“I thought that nobody ran, that the game was slow, that it was easy. Now I can say that is not the case!” 

“I think this is the most difficult type of football that I have ever played in,” he added.

“Many of the small details are looked at. We work really hard on a physical and tactical level. I think it is the exact opposite to what I imagined.” 

Meanwhile, Tevez says he ignored the furore that erupted when he was given the number 10 shirt worn by Juve icon, Alessandro Del Piero.

And he says he does not allow the expectations that come with such in iconic number to encumber him.

“Do you want to know the truth? I don’t think about these things, I don’t think about me having the Juventus No. 10," he said.

“It would be like putting me under even more pressure. You can play well under pressure, but also badly and I think there is more chance of playing badly under those circumstances. 

“That’s why I just play like I did when I was in my neighbourhood. I believe that is why things have gone well for me. I can’t start thinking about history.”

Tevez Enjoys Dream Start

Juve Swoon Over Tevez & Llorente

2 comments

Top 5

10 Richest African Footballers In The World, Past & Present

7 Mar 11, 2021 07:19 PM in African Football

Chiefs Keeper Leaving?

30 Apr 14, 2021 08:44 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

All Eight Teams To Have Qualified For CAFCL Quarters

125 Apr 10, 2021 11:30 PM in African Football

8 Pirates Players At Risk Of Missing Crucial Downs Clash

27 Apr 13, 2021 04:01 PM in Orlando Pirates

Report: Ball Boy That CR7 Gave Shirt To Will Be Punished

9 Apr 14, 2021 10:27 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Mendu's Chiefs Transfer Wish List

55 Apr 17, 2021 03:09 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

15 Ex-Downs Stars Who've Simply Just Disappeared

5 Apr 15, 2021 08:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Chiefs Keeper Leaving?

30 Apr 14, 2021 08:44 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

20 Chiefs Players Who Moved Overseas

5 Apr 14, 2021 08:02 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Benni’s Usuthu Compensation

17 Apr 14, 2021 12:51 PM in Bafana

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

'Its A Privilege' - Mabaso Honours Late Ex-Pirates Star

1 Apr 13, 2021 01:01 PM in Orlando Pirates