Giroud discusses injuries, Ibrahimovic competition and Milan move: “I accepted immediately”

By Isak Möller -

Olivier Giroud signed for AC Milan on a two-year deal ahead of the current season, arriving on a permanent basis from Chelsea. The striker has been somewhat successful so far, but there is more to give. 

The Frenchman opted for the No.9 shirt and given the recent history Milan have with that number, some fans were concerned. In spite of some injury struggles, Giroud has bagged six goals and two assists in 20 appearances. Only 11 of the latter were from start, as well.

It’s also clear, however, that the striker has a lot more to give and the Rossoneri are hoping that he can have a bigger impact for the second half of the season. Speaking to Colinterview – Oh My Goal, Giroud shared his thoughts on the adventure thus far.

On joining Milan…

“Last season, I had issues with playing time and the competition was strong. When Milan appeared, I accepted immediately. I spoke with Massara and Maldini, I immediately realised they wanted me and with their speech, I was immediately convinced. I feel lucky and proud to have spent nine years in the Premier League. Now I’ve moved on, Milan is a great adventure. I want to win and get back to the top in Italy.”

On the first half of the season…

“I had some unusual physical problems. I got Covid in September after what was a good start, and then I had back problems. I forced it too hard and got hurt after testing negative. I was in the squad for Liverpool, played and got hurt. The pain lasted six weeks and I didn’t play for a while. After that, I had ankle and ischium problems for a month. In the meantime, I did everything to keep fit, I took all preventive measures.”

On his current form…

“I feel very good, I have the possibility to play without pain and that is a luxury when you are a professional player and above all, when you’re 35.”

On his arrival in Italy…

“At this age, you have enough experience and you have pretty good adaptability. It’s easier than when you are young. Speaking to others was easy for me knowing a little Italian thanks to my grandmother’s origins. I knew a few words and this is important.

“My integration was also favoured by the fact that there are several players who speak French. It’s more about adapting to referees who have a tendency to whistle for lighter contacts than they do in the Premier League.”

On the quality Serie A…

“I am pleasantly surprised by the Italian league. There are competitive teams, even against the smaller teams it’s difficult to play because they play with great intensity. They are very physical. It’s a league that is called tactical and physical, but today there are many goals.”

On the competition with Ibrahimovic…

“I see it as a challenge, something that pushes me every day. It’s an opportunity to have him as my partner, to learn something more. He’s an example for many strikers and when I was young I loved him, both on the pitch and for his strong character, and for the fact that he’s demanding every day. It’s a healthy competition between us.”

Milan will take on Inter next Sunday and it remains to be seen if Giroud will play from start, seeing as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently recovering from an injury.

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