Conte and Tevez wary of Real Madrid’s “extraordinary attack”
Carlos Tevez insists he isn’t “envious” of his former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentinean forward hopes Ronaldo will be on the losing side this Tuesday when Real Madrid travel to Turin to play against Juventus for the second leg of the Champions League battle.
Ronaldo, who has scored goals 57 times in 95 Champions League games, is in better position to enter the next round of the tournament since Real Madrid defeated Juventus 2-1 in a controversial game at Santiago Bernabeu.
Tevez, who hasn’t scored in the Champions League since April 2009, has scored in only six times in 30 Champions League games. Therefore, manager Antonio Conte can’t solely rely on Tevez scoring all the goals for Juventus on Champions League night.
Despite the success Ronaldo has achieved, Tevez claims he wouldn’t swap his career with the coveted Portuguese striker.
“I’ve nothing to be envious about,” Tevez said a news conference ahead of the mouthwatering clash. “Ronaldo is a phenomenal player, but I don’t envy him. Sure we’ve got to find a way of stopping him because he’s a great player and we all know his potential, but tomorrow is like a final to us and we want three points.
“Let’s hope my record [of not scoring] changes tomorrow. I really hadn’t realized it had been so long.”
Juventus’ hopes of staying in the Champions League are hanging in the balance. The Serie A champions are actually in danger of making a premature exit in the group stages since they have recorded two draws and a defeat.
Juventus manager Antonio Conte believes winning against Real Madrid at home is vital for progression into the next stage of the tournament.
“Definitely, it’s a fundamental game and important for our future in the Champions League,” Conte said. “We’ve got to show on the field, as we did in Madrid, that we deserve to go through, otherwise we will be the first to kneel down and applaud those who make it through instead of us.”
Conte is wary of Real Madrid’s “extraordinary attack”. The Italian tactician admits his side will have to remain on their toes till the final whistle to stand any chance of winning against the Champions League favorites.
“We’re facing a side who are one of the biggest favorites to win this competition for a tenth time,” Conte said. “They have an extraordinary attack. I defined them devastating, especially if they are allowed to play the game they prefer.
“Cristiano Ronaldo, [Gareth] Bale, [Karim] Benzema, [Angel] Di Maria, to say but a few, are extraordinary, fantastic when they have the field in front of them and room to exploit.
“We’ve got to be careful and do what we did in Madrid, trying to avoid the mistakes we made there, and try to hurt them, but we know we’re up against an extraordinarily strong attack.”