Carlos Tevez will be expected to provide the difference when two-time defending champion Juventus meets Inter Milan on Saturday in the first big clash of the Serie A season.
With fellow forward Mirko Vucinic likely out with a bruised left knee,Tevez should be the focus of Juventus attack as he aims to extend his perfect start with the club following his transfer from Manchester City. Tevez has scored in each of his first three matches.
In his Juventus debut,Tevez scored the fourth goal in a 4-0 rout of Lazio in the Italian Super Cup last month. He then scored the decisive goal when Juve opened Serie A by beating Sampdoria 1-0,and also found the target in a 4-1 win over Lazio in the second round. Inter has also had a solid start under new coach Walter Mazzarri,who moved from Napoli,where he often traded verbal jabs with Juventus manager Antonio Conte.
Coming off a ninth-place finish last season and without big expectations for this campaign,Inter opened by beating Genoa 2-0 then won 3-0 at Catania. Without Vucinic,Fabio Quagliarella will likely partner Tevez in attack. Other Juve players injured include defenders Andrea Barzagli and Martin Caceres plus midfielder Claudio Marchisio.