Alexandre Pato has lauded the "fantastic" AC Milan support in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Malaga in the UEFA Champions League.
The Rossoneri faithful has endured a frustrating time this season having seen many of the club's top stars leave the club in the summer while results this term have not been to the Diavolo's expectations. A 5-1 win at the weekend against Chievo was followed up with this result at the San Siro Tuesday, though, and the Brazilian believes the fans unwavering support of the side has played a big role in the revival.
"The Milanisti were fantastic tonight, and they supported us until the end," Pato told Sky Sport Italia after the game. "We need the fans to be close to us, as coming to the stadium and hearing their roar gives you an extra gear. We’re trying to do our best for the fans, but sometimes it doesn’t go that well, but we still need the fans."
The strike was the Brazilian's first goal for his club this season, but he revealed that he had felt under no pressure to get off the mark.
"Is it a weight off my shoulders to have scored again? No, I'm relaxed and I just need to play," Pato said. "I'm coming back from an injury. I want to help my teammates and always do my best when playing for the team."
The Rossoneri sit 11th in Serie A while they are also only two points clear of the bottom of their Champions League group, but Pato believes they are now starting to find the correct formula.
"I think that we're improving, and we've have found a good tactical set-up, which is also more offensive," Pato said. "We’re playing fairly well and we’re just lacking the victories. I dedicate the goal to those who are close to me."