When Carlos Tevez made the move from Manchester City to Juventus last summer, many wondered as to whether or not he would fit in and be productive at all in Serie A.
All Tevez has done so far in his first season at Juventus is given Antonio Conte a reliable goal scorer who has formed a great partnership with Fernando Llorente. After scoring the lone goal in a Juventus win over Torino in the Derby Della Mole, Tevez finds himself tied with Giuseppe Rossi of Fiorentina as the top goal scorer with 14 goals. Given that Rossi will be out for at least one more month due of injury, Tevez looks set to take over the goal scoring lead with 13 games left.
Given how well he has played for Juventus, one would assume that Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella would still select him to be part of the 23-man squad that will represent Argentina at the 2014 World Cup, even with an embarrassment of riches in terms of attacking talent. However, you will not be seeing Tevez playing at the World Cup this summer.
The first reason for this is due to Tevez’s poor showing at the 2011 Copa America. In one of many bad decisions made by Argentina’s then-coach Sergio Batista, he called Tevez into the squad and the player failed to convince in what was a disappointing tournament the team. To top it off, Tevez missed a crucial penalty during the shootout at the quarterfinals that led to a loss to eventual champions Uruguay.
The second reason that Tevez will not be playing at this summer’s World Cup has to due with his frosty relationship with Lionel Messi. It is no secret that these two are not the best of friends and given that Messi is on a level above everyone else, this lack of chemistry a big role with the decisions made regarding the national team.
It is always is a bit disappointing when players who can play at a World Cup level will not be able to do so because of off-field reasons, but as you watch Argentina play this summer, Tevez will not be on the team because of exactly that.