Tevez bites back at Immobile: I was defending Juventus

The striker insists he does not hold a grudge against the Granata forward, who left the Argentine with ankle damage after September's Derby della Mole
Juventus forward Carlos Tevez has stressed he was not attempting to land Ciro Immobile in hot water by publishing photos of an injury inflicted by the Torino striker.

Immobile was roundly criticised for a lunging challenge on Tevez in September's Derby della Mole that prompted the Argentine to post pictures of his damaged ankle online.

Earlier this week, Immobile argued Tevez was trying to fan the flames of controversy by taking the matter onto Twitter, but Tevez insists he was simply hitting back at Torino supporters who were angry that he was not flagged offside prior to Paul Pogba's winning goal in the September encounter.

"I didn't post them to go against him. It was nothing against Immobile," the former Manchester City striker told Sky Italia.

"The problem was the Torino fans were angry at the offside goal and then I posted the photo. They always say referees are wrong in favour of Juventus, but I do not agree and wanted to show that sometimes things go against us.

"I wasn't angry with Immobile; fouls are a part of football. But I was always against those who criticise Juventus for things that go in our favour."

Juventus host Torino this Sunday in the second Derby della Mole of the season and Tevez feels Thursday's Europa League win over Trabzonspor will see the Bianconeri approach the game full of belief.

"Our Europa League victory gives us a lot of confidence and we are happy with the result, even if it doesn't allow us to relax," he said.

"The second leg holds dangers, so we must maintain a high level of concentration. The atmosphere in Turkey is always incandescent, so it won't be at all easy.

"I felt very tired after the game, but I'll make sure I am ready for the derby. I can't wait to get on the field on Sunday."