MN: Olivier Giroud looking for his latest ‘first’ upon his return against Atalanta

By Ben Dixon -

AC Milan will be led by Olivier Giroud against Atalanta on Saturday evening, with Stefano Pioli preferring him to Luka Jovic. As such, Milan can hope, and expect, to see the big goals return.

Arriving in the summer of 2021, Giroud quickly became a figure of importance at Milan, delivering when it mattered most. Whilst the penalty miss against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League may haunt him and the Rossoneri, he has proved time and time again to be pivotal in games. 

Certain elements of a striker do not come through training, however much they may dedicate themselves to it. They can work on the variety of their finishes, positioning, and much more. Yet instinct and inevitability are birthed within a striker. Giroud possesses both, which is why, at 37 years old, he still regularly spearheads Pioli’s attack.

As MilanNews writes, against Napoli, the veteran has six goals in nine appearances. Inter? Three goals in nine. Juventus? One in three. Roma, Lazio? Three and two goals, respectively. However, La Dea has haunted him, as he has failed to score in his three meetings against Gian Piero Gasperini’s side. However, Milan has still felt his positive impact, winning two and drawing the other when he has been present. 

For a 37-year-old, few occasions provide a first in their career. For Giroud, there is one that he will want to tick off on Saturday. A goal against Gasperini’s men. To further aid the Diavolo’s attempts to re-enter the Scudetto race.

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