Carlos Tevez Wins the Hearts of Juventus Fans with Derby Della Mole Winner

Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIFebruary 23, 2014

Juventus forward Carlos Tevez, of Argentina, celebrates after scoring  during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Torino at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
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Carlos Tevez scored a sensational strike to claim the spoils for Juventus against Torino in the Derby della Mole on Sunday.

The Argentine swivelled to strike a volley back across his body and into the bottom left corner, rendering Daniele Padelli unable to stop the ball and sending Juventini into wild celebrations.

It was a crucial goal for Tevez, who has come under some criticism in recent weeks for his performance in European competitions—in seven appearances in both the Champions League and Europa League, Tevez has failed to score once.


FT: Juventus 1 - 0 Torino. Tevez goal settled it, what a stunner it was: . Play. Repeat. Play. Repeat. Forza Juve !

— (@juvefcdotcom) February 23, 2014

Despite not being beaten by their city rivals since 1995, Tevez has earned a place in the hearts of the Bianconeri faithful for hitting the game-winner on such a momentous occasion.

The Granata were an underdog and Giampiero Ventura's men fought hard to improve on their wretched run in this fixture.

Tevez can now look to build on this performance. Even though it did not come in Europe's premier competition, it occurred in a massive match decided by one goal, which should give him a huge confidence boost.

Tevez may have felt the heat in recent weeks. With Fernando Llorente looking to surpass his goal tally for the season and Dani Osvaldo signing on loan from Southampton, his place in the side was beginning to appear less secure.

C'è ancora qualcuno che dubita che Torino è Bianconera? Perfino le trombe suonano come al "Fuerte Apache"jaja

— Carlitos Tevez (@carlitos3210) February 23, 2014

It will be a special goal for Tevez, as it is undoubtedly the most important goal he has scored in a Juventus shirt, with more or less all of El Apache's goals coming against average opposition in Serie A.

Aside from a penalty against Fiorentina in a game which Juve eventually lost, Tevez has failed to score against any of the top five teams in the league.

And while his goal against Torino does nothing to change that dubious stat, the size of the game and the occasion were big enough to match any top-of-the-table clash or Champions League encounter.

Tevez will probably be kept fresh for the bigger games left in the season, as there are plenty of other strikers in need of playing time—aside from his usual partner, Llorente, Antonio Conte will need to provide minutes for Mirko Vucinic, Osvaldo, Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco.

With a two-legged tie with Fiorentina, in all probability, in the last 16 of the Europa League, and league matches against the Viola, Milan, Napoli and Roma, Tevez can start to become a a big-game player.

If he can start to own the big occasions for Juve, Tevez has the potential to be the best foreign striker for the Bianconeri since David Trezeguet.

After achieving cult status with Boca Juniors, West Ham and Manchester City, it appears Tevez is now on his way to becoming a legend at Juventus.