Carlos Tevez has taken a swipe at former club Manchester United after suggesting that the Juventus squad he's currently part of is better than the Red Devils team he won the Champions League with in 2008.
The Argentine striker is well aware of the fine individual players that were on the books at Old Trafford at that time, but he feels that the make-up of Massimo Allegri's line-up is a much more rounded unit, and one that is ultimately stronger as a collective group.
"There were some amazing examples: Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes," Tevez was quoted by the Daily Mail, reflecting in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
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"That was a different situation. I think that now there is a team instead. We are very hard to beat."
Tevez is hopeful of replicating the European success he enjoyed at United seven years ago with the Old Lady this season, and is already looking ahead to Tuesday's quarter-final first leg clash against AS Monaco.
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After sitting out Juve's shock 1-0 defeat against bottom-of-the-table Parma in Serie 'A' on Saturday the 31-year-old will be looking to help lift spirits around Turin by helping fire the reigning Italian champions towards the last four of Europe's elite club competition.
With 25 goals in all competitions already in 2014/15 the former Manchester United marksman is now established as the club's leading talisman, having notched an impressive 36 league goals since joining the club in the summer of 2013.
That contribution becomes even more impressive if you believe Tevez's view that playing in Italy is much more difficult, claiming it's harder to score in Serie 'A' than it is in England's top-flight - a division where he netted 84 times and won three domestic titles.
"It's much easier to score in the Premier League, where the ball doesn't stop moving, the action is everywhere and the midfield is non-existent," he said.
"Here [in Italy] you see a striker up against five defenders, it's much more difficult than in England. The Italian league is of a high standard."
Manchester United fans: Do you agree with Carlos Tevez's claim that his Juventus side is better than your Champions League winning team of 2008? And what about where it's more difficult to score goals - in England or Italy? Have your say below...