During his press conference earlier today, France manager Didier Deschamps discussed how much Olivier Giroud can play given the right schedule and his age. From a Milan perspective, his answer was positive.
Giroud was crucial for Milan at the weekend as he made a crucial save in the dying minutes of the game, having taken over the gloves from Mike Maignan. However, his normal position is perhaps a bit more demanding.
Speaking at the press conference, as cited by Calciomercato.com, Deschamps was asked about the attack and shared his thoughts on the pecking order. He implied that Giroud likely won’t play any full games during this international duty.
“Olivier is 37 years old, which is why his coach [Pioli, editor’s note] carefully manages him. He gets minutes with Milan but rarely plays full matches. My decision depends more on the profile in relation to the opponent. Olivier and Marcus have similar profiles, Kolo has a different profile. It’s always with the aim of being more dangerous for the opponent,” he stated.
For Milan, of course, this is good news as they will take on Juventus after the break and could use the veteran up front. Mike Maignan and Theo Hernandez will miss out due to suspension, so any more absences would only make things worse.