Over the next couple of weeks, most of the Juventus squad will be heading to beaches and resorts as the season comes to an end following nearly nine months of blood, sweat and probably a few (happy) tears. Hopefully there will be some kind of Champions League celebration in there, but vacations are on the not-so-distant horizon for many players that Max Allegri has relied on during the 2014-15 season.
That's not exactly going to be the case for Carlos Tévez and Roberto Pereyra. At least not right off the bat, anyway.
Both Juventus' leading scorer and their utility knife in the midfield have been included in Argentina manager Tata Martino's 23-man squad for this summer's Copa America in Chile. Both Tévez and Pereyra have been included in recent Argentina squads, making their inclusion not a huge shock to anybody who know how good both of them have been during the 2014-15 season.
Here's the list in full in case you don't feel like squinting to see some of the faces on the squad picture:
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Nahuel Guzman, Mariano Andujar
Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta, Facundo Roncaglia, Ezequiel Garay, Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Milton Casco
Midfielders: Lucas Biglia, Roberto Pereyra, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Gago, Ever Banega, Javier Pastore, Erik Lamela, Angel Di Maria
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi
Tévez enters the final weekend of the Serie A season with 20 goals, one behind Hellas Verona's Luca Toni. It just so happens that Toni and Tévez will be playing on the same field at the Bentegodi this Saturday night. For the season, Tévez has scored 29 goals in 41 games — something that bears repeating every single time you talk to somebody who happens to root for Manchester City.
Pereyra, who is a virtual lock to have his contract bought in full from Udinese this summer, has been as versatile a player that Max Allegri could have asked for over the course of the season. He has played out wide as a winger, as a central midfielder and as a trequartista. And, most of the time, he has been a quality contributor. Basically, he's been both a solid player when in the starting lineup and a huge boost of energy off the bench when called upon.
So good on the both of you, Carlos and Roberto. Now we have some Juventus-related things to watch this summer while we try and cope with no football until the month of August.