Gianluigi Buffon: True champion Tevez decided the match

Stefan Coerts
February 23, 2014
Gianluigi Buffon: True champion Tevez decided the match

Gianluigi Buffon has praised Carlos Tevez for his game-deciding contribution to Juventus' 1-0 Serie A win over Torino on Sunday evening.

The Argentina international settled the Derby della Mole in the Italian champions' favor with a fine first-half strike, and his skipper was quick to highlight the striker's importance to the Bianconeri after the game.

"Tevez is a great player who helped us to the full three points in a difficult game with his goal," Buffon told Sky Sport Italia. "These kinds of games are often decided by flashes of brilliance from true champions, and we have a number of players like that in our team."

Buffon went on to hail Torino for its good performance, but dismissed the Granata's claims that they should have been awarded a penalty when Andrea Pirlo appeared to trip Omar El Kaddouri in the area with just 10 minutes to go.

"Torino are going through a good season and this allowed them to start the game with a clear head," the Italy international said. "They deserve compliments for their display. It was a good game and a real derby.

"The referee was quite strict and blew his whistle a lot. But I don't think it was a penalty."

Juventus is once again nine points clear of second-placed Roma in the Serie A standings.