Giroud ‘energised’ and preaches need for ‘consistency’ ahead of ‘more difficult’ season

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud has declared himself ready to get back in amongst the action and to keep doing what he does best: scoring goals.

Giroud did not start either of Milan’s opening two league fixtures against Udinese or Atalanta. He missed the former due to muscle fatigue and then came off the bench in the latter to gradually ease him back into action, but he is expected to start against Bologna on Saturday night.

While Ante Rebic netted a brace against Udinese in the first game of the season he struggled to impose himself on the game in Bergamo and as a result it seems that Giroud will get the nod for Saturday’s game.

The Frenchman gave an interview with Milan TV during which he revealed how he is feeling at the moment, and appeared very eager to get back on the scoresheet.

“I think we worked hard and well during the pre-season. We did well in the friendlies and I think the whole team is ready to play all the games, more than 20, in a short time,” he said (via PianetaMilan).

“The season after the Scudetto for me is more difficult, because the teams are waiting for you even more. There are Juventus, Inter, Roma and even Napoli, who have had good transfer windows.

“But I think that with the young players we have, even with De Ketelaere, with Adli and Origi we can do well. They have the right mentality and different qualities. They can help the team.

“The last game I played was in Marseille on July 31. From that game I played 20/30 minutes because I was injured. I needed time to come back and recover from the flexor. Now I feel good, I am energised to help the team and score the first goal of the year.

“I expect it and I also expect a victory with Bologna, in front of our fans, after we started well against Udinese and. In the end with Atalanta it’s not a bad point, even if we wanted to win. The performance at the start of the match was better than on the first day, the Coach also showed us the statistics to show that we did well.

“There are also things to improve, but the most important thing is to win on Saturday. We have three close matches and we need to be consistent.”

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