I can`t replace specialist Andrea Pirlo, says Carlos Tevez

AFP| Updated: Mar 03, 2015, 17:16 PM IST
I can`t replace specialist Andrea Pirlo, says Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez confirmed he will not be taking over free kick duties from Juventus specialist Andrea Pirlo despite scoring from his first Serie A setpiece on Monday during a 1-1 draw with Roma.

With Pirlo out for three weeks due to a calf injury, Tevez stepped up for a free kick just after the hour mark of the top-of-the-table clash at Roma`s Stadio Olimpico.

To general surprise, the Argentinian curled his effort over the wall superbly, leaving Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis rooted to the spot as Juventus took a 1-0 lead.

Ten-man Roma, who lost Vasilis Torosidis to a red card minutes earlier, went on to level through Seydou Keita`s late header from Juan Iturbe`s free kick, allowing the hosts to grab a share of the spoils as Juventus maintained their nine-point advantage at the top of the table.

Tevez, meanwhile, said: "I train alongside Pirlo every day and try to copy the things he does. He still has priority on the free kicks!

"He is the specialist and I have to respect that."

Tevez`s 15th goal of the campaign means the Argentinian international took the sole lead in the race for Serie A`s `Capocannoniere` award, given to the league`s top scorer.

Compatriot Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan, a reported target for Chelsea, has hit the net 14 times this season while two other Argentinians -- Paulo Dybala of Palermo and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain -- are third and fourth on 12 goals apiece.

Juventus, meanwhile, return to action Thursday when they host Fiorentina in the first leg of the Italian Cup semi-finals in Turin. Lazio host Napoli in the first leg of the other semi-final on Wednesday.