There is this great myth about a well trained, strong but fiery Apache who ran away from his tribe during the great era of the Red Indians. Ironically, a famous Argentine footballer nicknamed “El Apache”, has a very familiar story to that Red Indian. Carlos Tevez’ career has always had two sides of the coin. The one has seen him scoring 230 goals so far in 522 games, winning a number of domestic trophies, the Champions League and the 2004 Olympic Gold medal. The other has been a man who has had an agent, a third party, in Kia Joorabchian who has been securing Tevez all these deals. But that is not the only dark part with regards to Tevez.
Remember when he wanted a longer-term deal at Manchester United after serving his two year loan but Sir Alex Ferguson saw this as a no go? Or the continuous bustups with Roberto Mancini at Manchester City for example; the Mutiny of Munich? Or how about the RIP Ferguson poster after City won the Premier League in 2012 (Ferguson claimed City would never win the Premier League while he is alive.) Those are the two sides of Tevez, but finally the Argentine may have just found his home at Juventus.
The Bianconeri took full ownership of Tevez for €10 million and the biggest task for then-manager Antonio Conte was to try and manage him in a way that firstly does not see him cause continous controversy and second, getting him to score more goals which wasn’t going to be the problem. Tevez racked up 21 goals in all competitions last season, the highest for the club, but it was this season that has seen really show the quality that is possessed within the striker. It was always there, but Conte and current Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri have found a way to make sure Tevez stays in the headlines for all the right reasons.
On Sunday, on the 40th birthday of Juve great Alessandro Del Piero, the Old Lady faced Parma in Turin and naturally, the fans started singing ‘El Capitano, El Capitano.’ It’s criminal to say that Tevez is the new Del Piero, even with the former wearing the Number 10 shirt. They are both different in so many ways, coming from different paths but one thing is for certain, both possess the same quality in finishing.
While Juve were 4-0 up on Sunday, Tevez collected the ball from his own half, destroyed two players and nutmegged a third and completed it with a brilliant goal. That goal summed up the quality of Tevez, and the sort of figure he has become and will become for the Bianconeri. Under Allegri, the 3-5-2 system has been effective especially in Italy with Tevez playing comfortably either with Fernando Llorente or Alvaro Morata.
It is a squad that seems destined to conquer Italy, but in Europe, it remains uncertain but Juve still holds qualification in their hands with them being three points off top spot. Allegri has come under a lot of pressure since he won the Serie A title with AC Milan in 2011, but now with Juve, he has found a way to bring harmony into the squad and especially Tevez. The Argentine has already stated that he wore the number 10 shirt of Diego Maradona at Boca Juniors and emulated it successfully.
Whether he can do it at Juve and emulate Del Piero remains to be seen, but it seems that Tevez is heading in the right direction right now. And by the way, as for the Apache I spoke about at the start, he finally found a tribe he holds dearest to his heart and they were both willing to accept each other. It seems Tevez may have just found his home in Turin.