Will Carlos Tevez inspire Juventus?
Six wins in their last nine Serie A fixtures has reinforced Juventus’ lead at the top of the table following the one and only defeat at Genoa which opened the door for nearby challengers Roma to close the gap.
Carlos Tevez has been instrumental in the team’s resurgence in form, with the Argentine star leading from the front with two goals in three games to become the highest goalscorer in Italy with eleven for the season.
Although he did not score, Tevez caused a lot of problems for Napoli’s defence as the Old Lady came through a severe test of their credentials with flying colours in a 3-1 defeat which owed much to their attacking power as their defensive strength.
Conceding just nine goals in eighteen games has laid the foundations for the likes of Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba to pull the strings further up the field. It is these qualities that will be imperative in Juventus’ upcoming Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund who, despite showing their true quality in Europe, have seriously struggled in the Bundesliga and could be set for a surprise relegation battle.
More importantly, Tevez and his team-mates will have to overcome Hellas Verona in the upcoming league fixture at the Juventus Stadium, with complacency simply not an option against a side that should not be under-estimated.
Tevez and Vidal
While his long-term future in Italy may be in question, Tevez has become an integral part of Juventus’ success after rediscovering his scoring touch under Massimo Allegri.
The Old Lady benefit from having quality in all areas of the pitch, but it is their ability to produce goals from every position that sets them apart from the rest of Serie A.
This has been particularly imperative considering neither Alvaro Morata, Sebastian Giovinco nor Fernando Llorente have managed to support Tevez in the goals column; the latter has become more of a team player in creating goals for others, but just four goals in seventeen appearances leaves Tevez as the only in-form striker Allegri has to choose from.
He has formed a wonderful understanding and telepathy with midfield maestro Vidal, which was perfectly illustrated against Inter Milan when a sublime piece of skill from the Chilean resulted in a pass across goal to an unmarked Tevez to slot home.
It is this partnership that should lead Juventus to glory this season, although Allegri may look for more from the other strikers to take the pressure off Tevez to continuously deliver.
Hellas Verona may arrive in Turin on the back of four points from a possible six, but they will have to do the unthinkable and record a victory against Juventus who have not lost on home soil for over two years.
They will turn to former Juventus striker Luca Toni to put himself about and cause problems for the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, and although Hellas Verona are not faring as well as last season in their second year back in Serie A, they still carry a threat.
However, a defence that has only recorded five clean sheets in the league may struggle to handle Tevez’s endeavour and eye for goal as the Serie A top scorer has a good opportunity to increase his goals tally for the season.