Tevez shocked by Serie A pace

The 29-year-old striker has admitted that the difficulty level of the Italian top flight has come as a huge surprise for him, and claims to be un-burdened by the No.10 shirt
Juventus marksman Carlos Tevez has revealed that he is surprised by the intensity of Serie A, describing it as the toughest league in which he has played.

The Argentine left Manchester City for the Turin giants in the summer after a seven-year stay in the Premier League which also saw him represent West Ham and Manchester United.

Tevez has hit three goals in six league appearances thus far but, despite enjoying a prolific start to life in Italy, he admits that his pre-conceptions of the national game were far from an accurate depiction.

The 29-year-old told HJ Magazine: "I can tell you what I thought about Italian football; I thought nobody ran, that the game was slow and that it was easy. Now I can say that is not the case.

"I think this is the most difficult type of football that I have ever played in because a lot of small details are looked at."

Tevez was handed Alessando Del Piero's No.10 shirt upon arrival at Juve but insists that he feels no pressure to live up to the club icon's legacy.

He added: "Do you want to know the truth? I don’t think about these things. I don't think about the fact I wear the shirt," he said.

"It would be like putting me under even more pressure. You can play well under pressure, but also badly."

Juventus, who slumped to a 2-2 draw with Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, resume their domestic duties by welcoming AC Milan to Turin on Sunday.