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Team GB with Beckham are to be feared, says Pato

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AC Milan ace Alexandre Pato has said he hopes to avoid playing Team GB at this summer’s London Olympics.

The 22-year-old striker took part in the Beijing Olympics four years ago, taking home a bronze medal as part of the Brazil team.

In preparation for this year’s Olympics, Brazil will play Great Britain at the Riverside Stadium on July 20, and Pato hopes it will be the only time they face each other this summer.

"I hope I will only meet them in the friendly because in the Olympics they will be a very difficult side to beat, especially at home. Football is very important here and I think Great Britain will be going for the title,” Pato said.

''Football is very important in Brazil and of all the times we have played at the Olympics we have never won a gold medal.”

Great emotion

''In Beijing we won the bronze, which wasn't what was expected of us. But for me, getting that medal stirred up great emotion.

"If that was the emotion in winning the bronze I don't know what it would be like to win gold."

Pato also believes that David Beckham, with whom he won a Serie A title at Milan, could play a major part for Team GB at the upcoming games.

"David has a lot to give in terms of his professionalism, in training, his expertise and his experience.

"As a passer, a shooter, a free-kick expert he is a great asset and we do have to be very careful with him in these positions.

"If he can play for Great Britain at the Olympics he will be a real asset."

By Andrew Wade

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