Saturday August 18 2012
Nocerino backs 'quality' Pato

Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino has given his backing to Alexandre Pato to prove his ability in the coming season.

Pato has been earmarked to lead the Rossoneri’s attack after the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

‘The Duck’ has also been awarded the No 9 shirt, previously worn by the legendary Pippo Inzaghi, so the upcoming season will be a test of character for the young Brazilian.

But his team-mate Nocerino has no doubts about the striker. “Nobody wants to question the quality of Pato.

“He has to stay calm and peaceful and I am convinced that this year he will score a lot of goals.”

The 22-year-old Pato has been plagued by injury in the past couple of seasons, but will need to step up for his sixth campaign with the Rossoneri.

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