Sunday 18 March 2018

Tevez says he can atone for City 'mistake' with Juventus

Carlos Tevez has bagged six goals in eight games for Juventus in the Champions League this season
Carlos Tevez has bagged six goals in eight games for Juventus in the Champions League this season Newsdesk Newsdesk

Carlos Tevez has claimed that he can secure Champions League redemption with Juventus after admitting his regret for "behaving badly" during his failed attempt to help Manchester City win the competition.

Tevez, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, will spearhead the Juventus attack in the quarter-final first leg against Monaco in Turin tonight.

The striker, who failed to score a Champions League goal during his four years at the Etihad, has bagged six in eight games for Juve in the tournament this season.

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

After falling out with Roberto Mancini, the manager at the time, 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. He ultimately returned to help City win the Premier League title that season.

However, almost four years on from the clash with Mancini, Tevez has insisted he can now win the Champions League again after being given a prominent role by the Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.


"It (goalscoring form) is because I'm playing in the Champions League all the time," Tevez, 31, 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 Juventus enduring just their second league defeat of the season at the weekend, 1-0 at bottom club Parma, the Serie A leaders go into the Monaco tie as favourites. Tevez believes that the Italians can surprise Europe by winning the Champions League for the third time.

"Juventus can win the Champions League," he 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. There are no teams beyond our capabilities. At Manchester United there were incredible champions such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney. Here instead there is a team. We are very hard to beat."

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 to within four points of 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," he said.

Juventus v Monaco, live, Sky Sports 1, 7.45

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