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Jul 19, 2013

Tevez coy on Champions League hopes

Carlos Tevez has played down Juventus' hopes of winning next season's Champions League, insisting his side's defence of their Serie A title is more important.

Carlos Tevez signed a three-year contract with Juventus
Tevez scored his first goal for Juve in a friendly on Wednesday

Juve were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of last season's competition by eventual winners Bayern Munich, but their impressive run through the group stage has raised expectations heading into the 2013/14 campaign.

• Conte: Tevez, Llorente must earn places

Tevez, 29, believes Juve will be more focused on claiming a second consecutive Scudetto and should not be earmarked as favourites for Europe's top flight competition.

"I think we have to be calm and make sure we don't put pressure on ourselves to win the Champions League," Tevez told CNN. "If we don't then that pressure will become impossible to escape from.

"We have to be calm and know that winning the Scudetto again will make us part of Italian history and then we can think about everything else. We all dream of winning the Champions League but our main objective is winning Serie A. Then we can be calm in the Champions League and everything will become a lot easier."

Tevez's comments are perhaps motivated by the pressure he faced at Manchester City to win the Champions League and the Argentina international has suggested the intense scrutiny his side were placed under contributed to their failure to get past the group stage last season.

"Yes, there was way too much pressure," he added. "I came from everyone - the club, the fans. I think that too much pressure just hurts the team. What happened was that there so much hype and pressure to be one of the giants of Europe and we didn't do it. We dropped out in the first round of the Champions League on both occasions."

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