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Juventus striker Carlos Tevez insists that he is not concerned about his lack of goals in Europe this term as the Italian outfit head into their Europa League quarter-final tie with Lyon on Thursday.
Tevez has adapted well to the Italian league since arriving from Manchester City in the summer, helping the Old Lady – who are at 2.10 to win Serie A in the outright betting – to open up an 11-point lead at the top of the table.
Unfortunately the Argentinean’s form has not transferred into Europe as he failed to score in the group stage of the Champions League and the knockout stages of the Europa League so far.
The former City man says that he is not allowing himself to think too much about the lack of goals and insists that he is fully focused on helping the team to try and secure a good result at the Stade de Gerland.
Tevez said: “I’m calm because sooner or later the goals will come, but for me it should not be an obsession.”
The 30-year-old was unavailable for the 2-0 loss to Napoli on Sunday – their first domestic defeat this term – and he is hopeful that the break has given him an opportunity to freshen up at a busy part of the season.
He added: “Unfortunately I could not play this weekend but it will give me the opportunity to prepare well for Lyon. I will be able to recharge the batteries before the trip to France.”
Antonio Conte’s side will head into the tie as the favourites as they bid to claim a third successive Serie A title and look to secure their first piece of European silverware since 1996.
However, the Ligue 1 side will be buoyed by the news that Conte is missing injured defensive pair Angelo Ogbonna and Andrea Barzagli and perhaps more importantly, influential midfielder Arturo Vidal who is suspended.