Giroud admits he was ‘disappointed’ to come off: “I always want to be on the pitch”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud believes that the team could have scored more against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League tonight, which is the ‘best competition of all’.

Giroud was the man who broke the deadlock for the Rossoneri at San Siro as he got the chance from 12 yards again after Rafael Leao had been fouled inside the box, and the Frenchman made no mistake in burying the penalty.

Alexis Saelemaekers made it 2-0 with a header just after the break and that looked like game over, but Orsic scored not long after to regenerate those nerves. However, Tommaso Pobega put the game to bed inside the final 20 minutes with his first ever goal for the club.

Giroud spoke to Sky after the game to reflect on the performance and getting his first goal in Europe for Milan, with his comments relayed by MilanNews and translated below.

On the match: “At 2-1 we were not happy, I think we took advantage of the point against Salzburg and we wanted to win this match with our way of playing. I think we could have scored more and had more precision in the last pass. We are very happy, it was not an easy match but we did well.”

On the Champions League: “The Champions League is the best competition of all. We want to do well and get through the groups. We are in the second game, we have four points. We are doing well but we are very calm and serene. It takes calm and trust.”

On the fact he has always been a starter recently: “I always want to play to help the team, I felt good even today. I owe a lot to the team, I’m a little disappointed with the substitution but it’s normal I’m very competitive. I understood that the coach wanted me to rest but I always want to be on the pitch. It’s my passion and I always want to play.”

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  1. I love Olivier Giroud he has so much passion for football …When he starts the games for AC we will very rarely lose a match ,regardless of what team we play against..His hold up play is brilliant he creates so much space for others ,inside the 18 yard area he is simply the best ..lots more to come from him ,and indeed goals ,that said the manager pioli made a decision to substitute him ,that was to give him some rest ,and not risk injury ..He will be ready to fire bullets against Napoli ..We will I believe top the group in the champions leauge ,beat Napoli and again challenge for the scuddeto..We have a great team of players ,salamakers did well as did rafael leao ,can’t wait for him to play again ..
    Very exciting game coming up Sunday ..come on Olivier you are in amazing form at the moment ..I just hope he gets a recall for the France team for the World Cup ..Olivier on form you deserve a spot .

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