Carlos Tevez is a beast and there is no doubt about his ability as a good striker.
He dribbles well and is physically strong. He has the ability to produce moments of magic on the pitch that will make fans go crazy.
However, he will also make them crazy when he loses his temper. Roberto Mancini can testify to that.
On September, 2011, in a Champions’ League game against Bayern Munich, the Argentine striker refused to come off the bench when Manchester City was trailing by two goals. Although Tevez denied this charge, he was frozen off the squad until March on the next year.
Such an outburst could not possibly happen in Juventus, a club famed for its strict discipline.
Juventus runs on the model of ‘one for all, all for one’. No player is greater than the club, which means result always comes first, even at the expense of players’ time on pitch.
Coach Antonio Conte spent the majority of his playing career under this system, and he will not hesitate to freeze out any player if he refuses to follow orders.
The no.10 jersey was formerly worn by Alessandro Del Piero, a club legend who did not publicly complain about the lack of playing time when he was put on bench by Fabio Capello, Ciro Ferrara or Conte.
The Italian World Cup winner did his talking on the pitch, scoring important goals in the limited amount of time he played.
Such is the kind of mentality that Tevez needs. He has to accept that he won’t always be able to play, and he will have to follow Conte’s tactic without complaint.
He also has to go back to the midfield to help in defending, or play in the wing, if Conte deems that more suitable for the team.
The no.10 jersey means the man is responsible for bringing glory to the club. Previous owners of the shirt – Michael Platini, Roberto Baggio, Del Piero – all had their share of success.
Fans will not be content with just an okay performance. They will expect him to be magnificent in every match, especially in the Champions’ League, a trophy the Old Lady last won in 1996.
Tevez has the ability to be a superstar. However, he will have to do what a no.10 always does – prove your worth by action no matter what happens.
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