AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud has insisted that he joined the club to win trophies and recalled what it was like to almost single-handedly win the derby against Inter.
Giroud gave an interview to GQ about his decision to join the Rossoneri and the desire to win trophies, beginning by reflecting on that night earlier in the month when he stunned Inter by scoring a brace under the Curva Sud to snatch three points in the derby.
“In the first half we knew we didn’t play very well. In the second half we went out on the pitch confident that we could overturn the result. The derby is a special game, it gives you incredible adrenaline. Winning it with one of my braces, scoring both the nets under our curve, it was a really strong emotion,” he said (via MilanNews).
When he signed from Chelsea on a two-year deal, many praised the decision by the Milan management to recruit another experienced leader-type profile to help Zlatan Ibrahimovic, given the Frenchman has won the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League and World Cup among other honours. Now, he is targeting a trophy with Stefano Pioli’s side.
“We haven’t won anything yet, we have to keep fighting to the end. Milan has always been one of the most important clubs in the world: when you wear this shirt you always have to aim high, you can’t be satisfied.
“We always thought we were a great team, a nice mix of young and experienced players, led by a great coach like Stefano Pioli who encourages us to give our best every day. We are aware of our qualities and we will do everything to give satisfaction to our wonderful fans.”
Giroud also gave some background on his decision to finally try an experience in Italy and he also spoke about his connection with Italy given both his grandmothers are from the country.
“When I arrived here, I immediately felt a strong feeling of pride. Great French footballers like Papin and many football legends like van Basten, Ronaldinho, Kaká, Sheva all passed through here.
“The first time on FaceTime with Paolo Maldini was a very strong emotion, because he was and remains a legend of the great Milan, who very well embodies the world class of the club. Milan are a great club and you feel it every day, the organisation is fantastic, Milanello is beautiful: there is everything to work well and give your best on the pitch.
“Both my grandmothers were Italian and I am proud of my origins. Playing in Italy in Milan and living here with my family makes me very happy. I love this country, its traditions and obviously the Italian cuisine, which is almost as good as French.”
Giroud will turn 36 next season and there remains some question marks about what the future holds for him, but after some initial physical concerns he seems to be holding up well.
“I try to enjoy football as long as my body will allow it. It’s true, I won a lot and I realised the dream I had as a child by winning the World Cup with France, but I am very ambitious and in every single team I I played I wanted to leave my mark. I’m here at Milan to leave my mark and try to win trophies in a huge club like the Rossoneri.”