Tevez looking for more success at Juventus
MILAN (AP) — Carlos Tevez is getting older, still scoring goals, and thinking about winning another Champions league title.
The 30-year-old Juventus striker scored a league-best ninth goal in his team’s 3-0 win at Lazio on Saturday, and he’s looking for more success on Wednesday against Malmo.
“Dreaming doesn’t cost anything, does it?” Tevez said. “I’m in a great club and that makes me happy. I’m giving everything and I think this is the best moment of my career.”
Juventus has six points in Group A, the same as Olympiakos and three behind league Atletico Madrid.
Atletico, which lost to Real Madrid in last season’s final, can advance to the second round with a victory over Olympiakos.
Here are some things to know about Wednesday’s matches:
DREAMS FOR FREE
After winning the Serie A title the past three seasons and holding a three-point lead at the top of the Italian league this year, Juventus is ready for something bigger.
And Tevez, who won the Champions League title with Manchester United in 2008, is among those leading the way.
The Argentine striker scored 19 goals last season in his first year in Italy and broke a five-year scoring drought in the Champions League with two goals against Malmo in September.
WRAP IT UP
Atletico hosts Olympiakos on Wednesday with two goals in mind: avenging a 3-2 loss in their opener, and wrapping up qualification.
The Spanish club has won 19 of its last 21 European matches at Vicente Calderon Stadium, losing only once in that streak, in February 2013.
“It’s a transcendental match because qualifying is at stake and first place as well,” Atletico defender Diego Godin said. “We know what is on the line and who we are facing. They beat us in the first game in Greece and we don’t underestimate anybody.”
Godin may be without regular partner Miranda, who missed the win over Malaga on Saturday with a hamstring injury. If he is not fit, young center back Jose Gimenez will likely again pair up with his fellow Uruguay international.
″(Gimenez) is ready to play,” Godin said. “I played several matches with him on the national team and at the World Cup. He played very well last game. He is fit and in conditions to keep playing.”
Olympiakos will be looking for its first win in 13 visits to Spain.
Olympiakos travels to Madrid after a two-week rest, with league games in Greece halted by the international break and an unexpected suspension of all domestic games after a referee was severely beaten in a street attack.
But the Greek champions suffered a setback when captain Giannis Mantiatis was injured in training and now looks doubtful for Wednesday’s match at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami is the likely replacement after earning praise for his performances in Group A so far.
Olympiakos coach Michel Gonzalez has wrestled with unsteady form that saw his side beat Atletico Madrid 3-2 in the opener, only to lose 2-0 in Malmo two weeks later.
“It’ll be rough, but I can’t think about that. If I did my hair would turn white,” Gonzalez said. “But when people shout abuse, it can also spur you on.”
Malmo is counting on its vocal home fans to lift the team to a higher level against Juventus.
“I don’t think they know what awaits them when they get here,” Malmo fullback Anton Tinnerholm said.
Malmo qualified for the Champions League for the first time this year and the players credit the supporters for the team’s strong home record so far in the tournament.
Malmo didn’t concede a single goal at home during three qualifying rounds and the first group match. But the magic was broken against Atletico Madrid, which scored twice to win 2-0 at Malmo’s New Stadium this month.
Malmo striker Markus Rosenberg believes the fans will once again be a huge factor against Juventus.
“It’s been very special in the European matches,” Rosenberg said. “You don’t really get tired when you have the crowd behind you like that.”