Carlos Tevez was the toast of Turin on Wednesday as he immediately opened his goalscoring account for new Juventus in their first pre-season.
The hotshot striker was hailed by newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport after he tucked home the second of seven Juve goals against a representative team from the Aosta Valley region.
Tevez was paired with fellow summer arrival Fernando Llorente – signed on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao – who was on hand to create the first goal for Marco Motta.
Then, after the former City man had notched his first goal for the Bianconeri, the floodgates opened, as Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic added two each, and youngster Federico Mattiello grabbed one.
Speaking earlier in the day, the reinvigorated Argentine then claimed former club Manchester City couldn’t handle the pressure of Champions League football under Roberto Mancini. Tevez said that City were unable to compete with Europe’s leading clubs due to the pressure from the fans to succeed.
With former boss Mancini at the helm, City exited the Champions League at the group stages in both of the last two seasons, failing to win a single game out of the six in a group with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax last season.
In the previous campaign, City’s challenge was undermined by a bitter dispute between Argentine Tevez and the club, after Mancini claimed that the striker refused to come on as a substitute in the club’s first Champions League game away to Bayern Munich.
Tevez told CNN: ‘There was way too much pressure. It came from everyone — the club, the fans. I think that too much pressure just hurts the team. What happened was that there so much hype and pressure to be one of the giants of Europe and we didn’t do it. We dropped out in the first round of the Champions League on both occasions.’
The £24.5 million deal for Negredo could even be formally announced today, after Sevilla President Jose Maria Del Nido confirmed that the Spanish forward will be joining the Manchester side.
Del Nido said: ‘We are about to complete the sale of Negredo to Manchester City. If all goes well, he will say goodbye this afternoon at the Sanchez Pizjuan. City are signing a great player. It is the contract of his life.’