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Tuesday October 1 2013
Milan victory expected, says Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert says Milan will start tonight’s Champions League game against Ajax as overwhelming favourites for victory.

The Dutchman was interviewed by the Gazzetta dello Sport this morning ahead of the clash between his two former clubs.

“They are two sides who in some ways are very similar, because they are not going through a great period of form,” the former striker noted.

“But Ajax are a very young team and the quality is on the side of Milan.

“It is not just a question of experience though and I don’t think anyone here is expecting an Ajax win. That, ultimately, could be an advantage for them.”

Milan will be boosted by the return of Mario Balotelli who is currently unavailable in Serie A because of suspension.

“If I was his Coach I think I could influence him a bit, help him in certain situations,” Kluivert continued. “But you can do no more.

“Balotelli is unique. He has a peculiar character, but he is a star who would be of use to any side and is doing great things with the national side.

“So you have to respect his character and leave him in peace. He’ll obviously pay for his mistakes on the pitch, but it would be useless to think you can change his brain.”

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