Will Stratmann for Licence to Roam:
For the fans, of course, this was nothing new. Tevez has scored 29 goals in all competitions this season, so for them, this was merely an exclamation mark upon all of the good work that had come before. His intelligence and tenacity, not to mention his overall quality, was reminiscent of the Tevez to which they have become accustomed, but for Los Blancos, the team charged with stopping the little Argentine, his performance brought back memories of a very different kind.
Indeed, it was the 31-year-old’s impact between the lines that caused so much trouble for Madrid. It took only three minutes for this problem to present itself, as Tevez initially ducked into a pocket of space behind Toni Kroos, Madrid’s left-sided central midfielder, to receive a vertical pass from deep. This allowed him to turn and face goal, sum up his options and, finally, set up a shooting opportunity for Stefano Sturaro.