Argentina started their campaign with back-to-back victories over Chile and Venezuela, and after the latter Basile said: "My main forward, at this moment, is Tevez. There are some style differences with other players, but I always field the players I like most."
Tevez was quick to show his appreciation for the gesture, telling Clarin newspaper: "Considering that competition for the starting positions is big because there are a lot of great players in my position, I'm happy, because it's a vote of confidence from the coach.
"To hear the coach say I will be the team's number nine is a bonus for me. It motivates me a lot. It's a very important sign of support to me."
Despite his lack of goals, Tevez insists the team's fortunes take priority over his own.
"To play at number nine you don't have to be big," he said. "You just have to work hard, play well and try to do your best for the team. You cannot think about just scoring. Goals will come. I don't worry - I would worry if the team lose and I don't score, but we've clinched two good results in the opening qualifiers."