After the game between AC Milan and Genoa, which finished 0-1 in favour of the Rossoneri, Olivier Giroud spoke to the media. The Frenchman was forced to finish the game in goal after Mike Maignan’s red card.
It was indeed a crazy ending to an otherwise slow game. Christian Pulisic scored the winner late on and Maignan was then sent off in injury time. Stefano Pioli, with no subs left, had no choice but to left Giroud play in goal.
Speaking to DAZN, as cited by MilanNews, Giroud shared his thoughts on the crazy game and what it was like for him to make that necessary save at the end of the game. An emotion he had never experienced before.
Tell me about these crazy final minutes with your exit…
“I thought I had to go for the ball, I relied on courage and went for the ball. I didn’t think I’d experience this type of emotion, but it’s very important to have made that save.”
Why did you get in between the sticks?
“I think I was the tallest so I went to goal. As a child, I liked to be a keeper. I experienced a special emotion when I made the save, almost like a goal.”
“It was very important to win here against this team that beat Lazio and Roma and drew with Napoli. We knew it was difficult, they started with great intensity. We weren’t perfect but the important thing was the three points.”
Milan will be hoping to have Giroud back in goalscoring form as well after the break, taking on Juventus. The Rossoneri are now in first place as well thanks to Inter’s draw earlier today.