Thursday 22 March 2018

Carlos Tevez seeks redemption after admitting to 'behaving badly' at Man City

Carlos Tevez has been in excellent form for Juventus this season Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Carlos Tevez has been in excellent form for Juventus this season Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Mark Ogden

Carlos Tevez has claimed he can secure Champions League redemption with Juventus this season after admitted his regret for ‘behaving badly’ during his failed attempt to help Manchester City succeed in the competition.

The Argentine forward, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, will spearhead the Juventus attack in Tuesday’s quarter-final first-leg against AS Monaco in Turin.

Having failed to score a Champions League goal during his four-year spell at the Etihad Stadium, Tevez goes into the Monaco tie with six goals in eight games for Juve in this season’s tournament.

The 31-year-old’s lengthy Champions League goal drought at City was partly a result of his lengthy stand-off with the club following his refusal to warm-up as a substitute against Bayern Munich in September 2011.

After falling out with manager Roberto Mancini, Tevez appeared to have played his last game for City having walked out on the club to return to Argentina in the wake of the Bayern incident.

Tevez ultimately returned to help City win the Premier League title that season, but almost four years on from the clash with Mancini, he insists he can now win the Champions League again after being given a prominent role by Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

"It (goalscoring form) is because I'm playing in the Champions League all the time," Tevez said. "At United there was a fantastic Ronaldo, who came ahead of everyone, but now they see me as a leader at Juventus and that gives me confidence.

“I made a mistake at City. There was no more trust between us and I reacted by disappearing.

“I behaved badly, I know, but here they never stopped believing in me."

Despite the Serie A leaders suffering only their second league defeat of the season at the weekend with a 1-0 loss at bottom club Parma, Juventus go into the Monaco tie as favourites.

And Tevez believes the Italians can surprise Europe by winning the Champions League for the third time this season.

"Juventus can win the Champions League," Tevez said. "The match against Borussia Dortmund in the last round showed that we can get far.

“It all depends on us. Juventus can beat anyone and we showed that. There are no teams beyond our capabilities. Not even one.

"At Manchester United there were incredible champions such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney.

“I think that here instead there is a team. We are very hard to beat, like Atletico Madrid last year, but with a different (result in the) final."

Monaco, who eliminated Arsenal in the last 16, warmed up for the trip to Italy with a 3-0 league victory against Caen on Friday to move the club four points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

But despite a recent loss of form domestically, midfielder Joao Moutinho claims that the victory against Arsenal has changed the perception of Monaco in Europe.

"Teams look at us differently since we eliminated Arsenal," Moutinho said. "When James (Rodriguez) and (Radamel) Falcao left and the club didn't recruit players with international experience, everyone figured we would only scrape into the top 10 in 'Ligue 1' and wouldn't get through the Champions League group stage.

“But we have proved otherwise.”

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