Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi is eagerly anticipating a reunion with his former Chelsea teammate Alexandre Pato as Tianjin Teda prepares to host Tianjin Quanjian in a Chinese Super League (CSL) encounter on Sunday. Pato, who briefly joined Chelsea on loan in January 2016 from Corinthians, shares a history with Mikel, including scoring on his debut in a 4-0 victory against Aston Villa on April 2 of the same year.
Expressing his excitement ahead of the clash, Mikel conveyed his eagerness to face Pato once again, highlighting the challenging nature of the impending encounter. In a tweet from his verified Twitter handle, Mikel wrote, “Looking forward to facing my former teammate Alexandre Pato this weekend v Tianjin Quanjian. Tough game awaits!”
Tianjin Teda has experienced a slow start to the new CSL season, failing to secure a victory in their first two games, resulting in one draw and one loss. Currently positioned 12th in the 16-team CSL table with one point, Tianjin Teda seeks to enhance their standing with a positive outcome in the upcoming match against Tianjin Quanjian.
In addition to the CSL fixture, Mikel is expected to join the Super Eagles camp in Wraclow, Poland, in preparation for the international pre-World Cup friendly game scheduled for Friday. The anticipation of the reunion and the challenging league encounter add an extra layer of significance to the upcoming fixture for Mikel and Tianjin Teda.