Cheerful Robinho returns to boost AC Milan’s attack

2011-10-18 09:14

Rome – The return of Brazilian Robinho is set to keep up the good mood of AC Milan as he is confirmed as a starter for tomorrow’s Champions League game against Bate Borisov.

The 27-year-old international was back on the weekend from a month-long injury layoff and scored a goal in a 3-0 drubbing of Palermo – a win that moved the Serie A champions within four points of the top after a modest start into the campaign.

Robinho’s return will improve Milan’s attack schemes and adds cheerfulness to a team that seemed set to plunge into dejection after the declarations of two of their key players.

Speaking during an earlier weekend dedicated to international games, Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano alarmed fans by complained about boredom and lacking motivation.

With speculations mounting about what the two internationals actually meant, Saturday’s convincing league win improved the team’s general mood as Robinho was widely praised for his role behind Cassano and Ibra.

“My characteristics adapt to the method of play,” Robinho said.

“I am a player of movement and I like to help the team. With (coach Massimiliano) Allegri I am used to play as supporting striker, but wherever he puts me, I play.

“I always smile because I am happy to play football. The moment is good now and the group is relaxed.”

Robinho has played one season with Milan, scoring 15 goals in 45 games -he is also known for frequently crossing himself on the pitch and for his many missed chances, including a handful of truly embarrassing ones.

At the Giuseppe Meazza tomorrow, Robinho is likely to play closer to the goal next to Ibra as Cassano is given a game off and Brazilian Pato is still recovering from a pulled muscle.

Robinho makes his continental season debut, looking to end a drought lasting almost four years since his last goal in November 2007 while at Real Madrid.

As the group phase of the Champions League reaches its halfway mark, Milan jointly lead Group H with holders Barcelona, on four points from two games.

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