AC Milan legend Franco Baresi is convinced they can have a strong season.

Baresi is impressed by the new talent coming through.

"It certainly isn't easy to begin again without the players who left this summer, but I am convinced it will be a competitive Milan side this year too," said Baresi.

"I hope Mattia De Sciglio can have a long career with the Rossoneri jersey. I was impressed with Nigel De Jong, as he has technique as well as character.

"Naturally, we all hope that Alexandre Pato can quickly get back to full fitness."