Alexandre Pato to wear number 11 at Chelsea; Matt Miazga handed 20

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Chelsea have announced the shirt numbers new signings Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga will wear in a statement on their official website.

The former has been handed the iconic number 11 jersey once worn by Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba, while Miazga will don the number 20 shirt.

The Brazilian striker, who arrived on loan from Corinthians until the end of the season, may well feel a hint of additional expectation wearing a shirt made famous by the club’s fourth all-time top goalscorer.


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Drogba scored 164 goals for the Blues over two spells between 2004 and 2015, becoming one of the most popular players to ever to pull on a Chelsea shirt.

Pato might have also had the chance to take the number seven jersey vacated by his recently departed compatriot Ramires, who left Stamford Bridge for Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning during the winter period.

On the other hand, 20-year-old Miazga will be under no such pressure after inheriting a shirt previously worn by the likes of Deco, Paulo Ferreira and Juan Sebastian Veron.

The young American has signed for Chelsea on a four-year deal from New York Red Bulls and will likely be used as squad player during his first season in west London.

Miazga, who has already made his first senior appearance for the USA national side, believes the reigning Premier League champions will provide the perfect environment to enhance his growth as a player.

“I am still at the beginning of my career but I believe this is the place to develop and learn from some of the best players in the world,” he said.

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