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AC Milan striker Pazzini willing to step in for Balotelli

AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini will step in for Mario Balotelli today against Napoli.

Balotelli is suspended for the top four crunch clash.

"I'd like to play alongside Balotelli and it's a shame that so far we haven't really crossed paths at all," Pazzini told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I would enjoy that experiment and see what we can do together. We cannot be incompatible, because he is a modern striker who moves around and opens up defences. He also works for his teammates.

"Mario's greatest asset on the field is his physical strength, while in personal terms he is very relaxed and very playful. At times he's even naive.

"Stephan El Shaarawy is only 20 and he simply needs to grow up. When you start scoring goals and discover what it feels like, it becomes like an addition - like a drug. You need it all the time. Growing up, you learn to deal with these situations."

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