MN: Giroud is Milan’s decisive No.9 – he keeps having an impact in huge moments

By Oliver Fisher -

Olivier Giroud has made a name for himself by scoring big goals, and there is no exception to that rule so far in his time at AC Milan.

MilanNews report how Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara decided in the summer that the 35-year-old striker was the right profile to come in and provide support to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the centre-forward position, and so far he has done exactly that.

So far he is on 11 goals for the season across all competitions in his first season at Milan but his contribution goes well beyond that. He is prolific in aerial duels and his hold-up play is fantastic, but above all – thanks to his experience – he is always in the game.

Giroud is often remembered for winning the World Cup with France in 2018, but he did not score even once because Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembelè were used in a 4-2-3-1, the system that Pioli ironically uses now.

In Saturday’s win over Cagliari – one where he didn’t score – Giroud had 46 touches which allowed the Rossoneri to keep their centre of gravity high up the pitch for the duration of the match, adding a decisive assist for Bennacer’s goal.

With some neat interchanges and finally a short lobbed lay-off in the 60th minute, Giroud was able to make himself decisive in of one of the most important matches of the season. He scored with an instinctive finish in Naples and was the architect of a turnaround in the derby with his brace. In short, he always finds a way to get his name in the headlines.

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