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AC Milan’s Pato to start against Napoli on Sunday?

Alexandre Pato is barely 18 years of age but he is already being touted as the Savior of AC Milan this season. The Brazilian international youth team player was signed by the Italian giants in the summer for £15.4million from Internacional but couldn’t assimilate the player till now since Italian football regulations bar non-EU players under the age of 18 years from playing competitive first team football and Pato turned 18 only in September last year.

But now the player is finally with the team and with his hero Kaka. Pato is a gifted striker who unique ability is to run with the ball on his nose like a seal. The player is bubbling with so much optimism and enthusiasm that he doesn’t eclipse his hope that he will drafted into the Milan starting xi against Napoli on Sunday when the Serie A resumes after a three-week hibernation.

This is what Pato told the renowned Gazzetta dello Sport as reported by Sky Sports:

I feel ready to start, to play. Of course there will be some nerves, but I feel ready and I don’t feel that too much pressure has been placed on me. Anyway, it is up to the coach Carlo Ancelotti to decide who will be playing on Sunday. Will I make the starting line-up against Napoli? I have a week to prove myself in training. I will be working hard and I hope to do enough to prove that I should feature in the game from the start.

Pato does seem a confident young lad and confidence is what Milan need the most at the time. Like last season Carlo Ancelotti’s side has dropped out of the title race this time around too. The Rossoneri are a massive 25 points behind their city rivals Inter Milan in 12th (although they do have two games in hand) and are actually fighting for a UEFA Champions League place.

Milan are desperately of firepower upfront. While Roanldo has been injured so far this season, strikers Alberto Gilardino has netted the ball just 4 times and Filippo Inzaghi is yet to get off the mark in the Serie A. The entry of the young Pato into this somewhat ageing Milan side would certainly increase the spirit and also instil some pace into Milan’s game.



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