Patrice Evra believes that the winning mentality acquired at Manchester United by himself and his teammate Carlos Tevez was key to leading Juventus to a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League first-leg semi-final on Tuesday night (5 May).

The Serie A giants made a step towards the final after beating the Champions League holders thanks to goals from former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Tevez himself.

The Argentinian forward was arguably one of the best players on the pitch, playing a part in Morata's opener before earning and scoring a penalty winner in the second half of the game following Cristiano Ronaldo's equaliser.

After the game Evra praised the former Old Trafford forward while claiming he still has "United blood".

The pair played together under Sir Alex Ferguson before Tevez decided to join United's local rivals Manchester City in summer 2009 and have now reunited at Juventus following Evra's summer move to the Serie A giants.

"Carlos Tevez has United blood like myself. He's a champion. He's had a fantastic year and we want to win the Champions League. He's a massive professional," Evra told ITV. "

"The most important thing was the win. It's never easy against Real and I'm very proud of my teammates and staff. We prepared very well and we got the win. We're very confident. We're 50% of the way there.

"It's been 12 years since this club reached the semi-finals, and now we want to get into the final."

Evra admits that the 2-1 victory gives Juventus a slight advantage ahead of the second leg which will take place on Wednesday 13 May but warned about Real Madrid's potential to overcome the challenge at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"We've showed to the fans how much we respect and honour this shirt. This was a great Juve today. We played with character and personality. We wanted to win and we gave everything we've got for it.

"I'm delighted with what my teammates have done. Obviously it's not over yet, but when the coach prepares the game in such a way, then it all becomes easier."