Chiellini impressed by 'world-class' Tevez

The Juventus defender has lavished praise on his new teammate after the striker scored on his Serie A debut, singling out the Argentine's exceptional work rate.

Giorgio Chiellini hailed the quality of Carlos Tevez after the forward's strike led Juventus to a 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

The Argentine found the net just before the hour mark on his Serie A debut to give the Bianconeri the three points at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and the perfect start to their league title defense.

Chiellini, speaking to journalists after the game, was eager to praise the club's new acqusition and revealed he was especially delighted with the 29-year-old's selfless attitude.

"Tevez is an absolutely world-class player," Chiellini said. "But what surprised me more than anything is the way he sacrifices himself to help the team.

"He works like a mule! I am happy for him as he is starting to reap the rewards of all his hard work this summer."

Juventus began the season with a comfortable 4-0 win over Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana before defeating the Blucerchiati, but Chiellini believes there is far more to come from the side.

"As a team we have ample room for improvement, as our legs are still not 100 percent," Chiellini said. "Sampdoria were a difficult side to face who closed up well, so it’s good that we allowed them little or nothing in attack."