Tevez: Hard work paying off for Juventus

The striker is aware of the high expectations at the Turin-based club but hopes fans display patience as teams look to frustrate the Serie A champions
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez has shared his relief that the team's hard work is paying off after they continued their unbeaten streak this season with a 2-1 win against Hellas Verona.

The Bianconeri sit fourth in Serie A having won all but one of their four games, though they could drop down a spot if AC Milan fail to beat Napoli later on Sunday.

With the Scudetto race looking extremely open at this early stage of the season - Napoli, Roma, Inter and Fiorentina are all tussling at the top - Tevez believes patience will pay dividends for the Turin-based club.

"It's difficult to play against teams who come here to defend," the 29-year-old told the club's official website. "We must be able to find the right spaces and exploit the opportunities.

"We are working hard in the field and the results are seen. We know that there are high expectations, but it takes patience to improve.

Fernando Llorente was a surprise starter for Juve and responded by scoring his debut goal, something which strike partner Tevez was delighted to see.

"I'm really happy for him, is working well and deserves the joy of today."