The striker has experienced a great start to life in Italy, but he remains without a goal in European competition since April 2009.
The Juventus striker has now failed to score in Europe since April 2009, spanning 55 months, 1395 playing minutes and a total of 19 games for three different clubs - a remarkable statistic for somebody who, in that time, has scored 83 goals in 155 domestic fixtures, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a Community Shield and a Supercoppa. Add in his phenomenal start to life in Serie A with the Bianconeri and the European scoring stat simply makes no sense.
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"It is only a coincidence that he has not had the personal success to match his hard work in Europe. Things have changed at Juve. He is scoring regularly and is giving a great amount to the Turin outfit. I am ready to bet that he will break his duck in the game against Copenhagen on Wednesday night. Tevez is certainly not a 30-goal-a-season player, but his play, his physicality, the pressure he creates and his selflessness all elevate him beyond other strikers. He is having a vintage season so far.
"Carlos can play as a target man too - he certainly has the characteristics - but he is great at making a link between the midfield and the attack. He can fit into multiple roles with unrivaled effectiveness. He was a great purchase for the Bianconeri in that he knows how to marry the highest quality with endless quantity, as Conte requires of his men. He will be back celebrating a goal in the Champions League again soon - I have no doubt about it."Fabrizio Ravanelli | Juventus 1992-96
The immediate problem is that Juventus has been severely lacking in the Champions League this term. With no victories to the club's name after four matches in Group B, Juve remains in a good position to qualify for the last 16 more by luck than judgment.
But while Fabio Quagliarella and Fernando Llorente have netted twice each during the group stage despite otherwise indifferent starts, Tevez’s European record reflects his general form in front of goal for the last four-and-a-half years. The Argentine has netted seven goals at a rate of one every 147 minutes in Serie A, but just cannot get going in the Champions League.
Former Juventus striker Fabrizio Ravanelli told Goal's Romeo Agresti he has full confidence that Tevez's fortunes will change very soon, even saying he is “willing to bet that he will break his duck on Wednesday,” and it is clear to see why the 1996 Champions League winner has such confidence. This week, the Old Lady come face-to-face with group minnow Copenhagen, and while the Danes will be buoyed by their victory over Galatasaray last time out, Juventini have every right to expect this to be the most straight-forward of their side’s six group fixtures.
The 29-year-old would appear to be simply too good a finisher and in too rich a streak of form for this statistical anomaly to stretch any further, but if he continues to draw blanks in Europe then Juventus may well fall short of the desired mark in the competition once more. After last season’s quarterfinal defeat to Bayern the club will be looking for at least the same again this term, but a continued struggle in front of goal for Tevez can only compromise that.
For, while Juve has depth in its strike force in terms of numbers, the club does not have a second player with Tevez’s attitude, work rate and ability just off the front man. Sebastian Giovinco, Mirko Vucinic and Quagliarella are all considered alternatives up front, but only in the spot occupied by Llorente and not that of Tevez. The favored forward line is very much ‘Tevez plus one’ and so it should be, based on what has been seen from the former Corinthians man on the pitch this term.
However, the goalless streak can only go on for so long. For both Tevez’s and Juventus’ sakes, the sooner he is back scoring in Europe, the better.Follow Kris Voakes on