Carlos Tevez begins third spell at Boca Juniors with friendly defeat
Carlos Tevez made his long-awaited comeback with Boca Juniors in a friendly against Argentinian second division side Aldosivi on Wednesday and was satisfied with his performance.
The veteran forward returned to his home club for a third spell last week after one year playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.
Tevez, who started and was on the pitch for 72 minutes, played a part in his team's opener before being denied by the woodwork. The score was tied at 2-2 after 90 minutes and Boca ended up losing 4-2 on penalties in Mar del Plata.
"I had to face this situation and I did the best I could," Tevez said as reported in Ole. "I hadn't played for a long time. I felt comfortable and well. I'm grateful to everyone for being able to experience again the feeling of wearing the Boca jersey."
The 33-year-old had not played since Nov. 4 in Shanghai Shenhua's 4-1 win at Liaoning in the Chinese Super League.
Tevez said the support he has received in Argentina is helping him get back to his best.
"It's important and it gives me confidence," he said. "I'm eager to be in top form and give the best so that people can enjoy my performances. I leave happy with my performance."
Tevez endured a disappointing spell in China where he scored four goals and set up five more in 16 league appearances for Shenhua and recently described his time there as a "seven-month holiday."
The former Manchester United striker terminated his contract with Shenhua, with whom he had one year left on his deal.
Tevez played for Boca from 2001 to 2004 before embarking on a successful career in the Premier League and in Serie A.
He returned to his boyhood club in 2015 and scored 25 goals in 56 games before leaving for China.
Boca head into Sunday's Summer Tournament game against bitter cross-town rivals River Plate in Mar del Plata on the back of two straight defeats.
The Xeinezes lost 3-2 to Godoy Cruz last Sunday before falling to Aldovisi. Boca, who are three points clear of San Lorenzo at the top of the Super Liga standings, resume their league campaign at home to Colon on Jan. 28.
"These are summer games and we can't get used to losing," Tevez said after Wednesday's loss. "Aldovisi had two shots on target and scored both. We need to come out of this situation as soon as possible and be calm. It's always an extra motivation to face River. We need to leave this result behind and prepare the next game."
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.