Tevez: Madrid is Juve’s first final

Carlos Tevez has suggested that Juventus face the first of ‘three finals’ when they line up against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

The Old Lady is currently without a win in this season’s group phase of the Champions League and host a Madrid outfit yet to drop points.

“I’m hoping it will be a great game, but we want to win it,” mused Tevez to reporters ahead of the Group B encounter.

“The three matches that we have left are all finals – and that includes tomorrow’s.

“I don’t think it will be an easy game for Real. The atmosphere will be beautiful, but it will be us players who step out on to the pitch and not the fans – even if they will support us for 90 minutes.”

Tevez has started well for Juventus in Serie A, but has in fact not netted in the Champions League since his Manchester United days, with his last goal coming against Porto in April 2009.

“Has it really been that long? I didn’t realise that. I hope to end that run tomorrow.”

The match also once more reunites him with former United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Me against Cristiano? I hope it is a good match for Juve, not for me. He is a champion and we have to stop him.

“I do not envy him at all. He is a phenomenon, but I have my qualities.”

The Argentine was asked about Real Madrid’s goalkeeper situation, with Iker Casillas the first choice for Champions League games and Diego Lopez in La Liga.

“That is a decision for Ancelotti. It makes no difference to me and I’m not concerned about it in the slightest.

“Casillas is certainly a more important player than Lopez, but it changes nothing.”

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