São Paulo midfielder hails Kaká’s influence on Alexandre Pato
São Paulo’s Josef de Souza Dias believes the arrival of Kaká has helped improve the form of previously faltering forward Alexandre Pato.
Pato scored twice at the weekend to help defeat Vitória 3-1 and Souza believes the influence of the former AC Milan playmaker is a positive for the former national team striker.
Goal.com quoted Souza, he said: "I may be wrong, but the arrival of Kaká greatly helped Pato.
“Encouragement, fellowship, Kaká is always talking to him. Against Criciúma he created the opportunities but unfortunately Pato couldn’t finishing.
“Yesterday the ball went in. He had a little more tranquility too. Yesterday we saw Pato helping and not losing the ball. This is not only what Muricy and the board expect of him, but also the Brazilian nation.”
Pato has struggled for form for a number of years but Souza believes when he is on form he should be a first choice starter.
He added: “Pato is a player of selection. On the field, unfortunately, he was not managing a good sequence.
“But if he plays how he has been playing it's impossible to get him out of the team.”
São Paulo fans will hope to see Pato regularly in the goals for the remainder of the season and if that is the case, he could fire them to success.