Argentina International and Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has singled out country-man, Carlos Tevez as Juventus’ main threat ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final in Berlin.
Tevez, 31, has been the hero of Juve’s campaign, with his goal helping to fire them to Serie A and Coppa Italia success.
Tevez and Mascherano played alongside one another at Corinthians and West Ham, as well as for Argentina, and the midfielder knows all too well the qualities of his former team-mate.
“Tevez is a top player, a magnificent centre-forward and, above all, a player who likes to win. He’s made for these games,” Mascherano told the official Uefa website.
“We have played against each other during Boca v River games, during Manchester United v Liverpool. We have played together as well.
“Our paths in the beginning were quite similar but then he went to Manchester and I went to Liverpool.”
The Argentina international added that the Juve’s disciplined style of football could prove to be a difficult tactical web to overcome on Saturday.
“They have that Italian competitive edge,” he added. “It is always difficult to overcome that because they are very, very competitive. They are very tactical. They understand football and on top of that they have a lot of talent.
“It is not a traditional Italian team. They play like Italians but they have a lot of talent, they know how to attack and they can play in different ways. They have lots of variety and that makes them very difficult to play against.”
Mascherano joined Barcelona from Liverpool in the summer of 2010 and admits he initially struggled to adapt to his new surroundings.
“It was difficult in the first few months but I’ve always believed that training with great players makes you a better player and that’s what has happened to me.
“Obviously I am never going to have the quality of Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández or Andrés Iniesta, but I can deal with situations that before I would have struggled with.”
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