Chelsea did not lose yesterday at Vicarage Road, yet the reaction to the 0-0 draw has been overwhelmingly and decidedly negative. Good thing we've got Alexandre Pato, font of bottomless positivity, to attempt to bring balance to the proceedings. Unfortunately, he's not quite ready to project his positive energy onto the field of play just yet, so for now, we'll just have to make do with his words.
"Since I arrived I have been made to feel very welcome. All the players have helped me settle a lot and that is a big thing. They will help me express myself with freedom on the pitch and to be incorporated into the team. The coach met me here at Cobham and introduced me to all the staff from all the different departments. He has given me the support to have a great rest of season at Chelsea."
"I feel very good physically. Obviously as a player you need game time to be at your best but I feel prepared, I have been training well, and hopefully with games and time I can adapt."
"I have heard a lot about the Premier League and I had the chance to play against English opposition when I was at AC Milan, including Chelsea. It's a different league, very hard, very physical, with a lot of contact, and hopefully with my pace and my ability I will be able to help the team. I'm hoping to contribute a lot and have a great time here. I know I only have a few months until the end of the season but what I can promise is that I am prepared to do my best, and I am prepared to play to the best of my ability to help during the few months left of the campaign."
-Alexandre Pato; source: Chelsea FC
With his injury issues seemingly behind him, it's a good chance that there is nobody else more excited about the rest of Chelsea's season than our loan recruit. And I do mean literally. In the whole wide world. This guy. He's the tops.
Now Pato just needs to get up to speed and gain Hiddink's trust. Not the easiest task, but if our bench (and its usage of) against Watford was any indication, we could definitely use another option.