Mar 30, 2014, 11:53 AM EDT
Former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been wildly successful bringing his quality attacking play to Serie A.
With Juventus almost a guarantee to win the Italian first division this season by a pretty wide margin, Tevez has been at the forefront of their attack with 18 goals and seven assists.
So with the Serie A title is all but wrapped up, their focus has understandably shifted to European play.
A disappointing failure to advance from the Champions League group stage has stuck Juventus in the Europa League, where they have yet to make a mistake.
With their sights set on a Europa League championship, one number glares above all in their way of victory.
Tevez does not have a goal in European competition in almost five years.
The five-year anniversary of his last European goal comes on April 7, allowing those nostalgic enough to remember when Manchester United drew with Porto 2-2 at Old Trafford in the 2009 Champions League quarterfinals. Tevez came on as a 72nd-minute substitute and scored to make it 2-1.
But it’s all zeroes since then.
In the meantime, Tevez has scored 92 goals across all club competitions, but has put up nary a goal in 23 European matches.
It’s a mind-boggling statistic, and finally the Argentinian spoke about it – to sum things up, he’s not thinking about it much, not publicly at least.
“I’m calm because sooner or later the goals will come, but it’s not an obsession for me,” the 30-year-old told UEFA.com of all places.
But his teammates have raised an eyebrow or two, chalking it up to some serious bad luck. “It’s like the ball never wants to go in for him in Europe,” said Juventus strike partner Pablo Osvaldo.
With 18 goals on the current domestic season, Tevez has been a great signing for the Old Lady, but sooner or later they will need him to step up on the big stage, and it’s possible his inability to score has something to do with his team currently sitting in the Europa League in the first place.
Tevez will get his next opportunity to buck the trend on April 3 against French side Lyon in the 2014 Europa League quarterfinals.
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