Olivier Giroud has reflected on a night that produced a rollercoaster of emotions as he scored the winning goal for AC Milan right at the death against Spezia.
Milan made harder work of things than they needed to in truth as it took a late winner to eventually get the better of a Spezia side that had not only failed to pick up a single point away from home so far this season but had also failed to score.
The latter was put to bed when Daniel Maldini scored a stunning equaliser against his parent club with his father watching in the stands, responding to Theo Hernandez’s opener, but Giroud was the man of the moment again as his wonderful volley ended up snatching the three points.
Giroud was therefore the hero of the evening, and he spoke to Sky at the end of the game to try and convey the many emotions he was no doubt feeling after such drama, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.
On the goal and the red card: “It’s a very nice goal, a nice pass from Sandro. We wanted to win this match, we stayed energised until the end. It is important that we have 3 more points, but I am angry because I forgot that I was booked.”
On responding to Napoli: “I was thinking that this match reminded me of last year, but this time we won. We saw a great team spirit until the end, we believed in it. We are happy.”
On his relationship with Ibra: “We have a brotherly relationship, we are there to give the team our experience. We must try to bring out the best in young players by setting an example on the pitch. Maybe now I’m p*ssed, maybe in an hour I’ll be better. The important thing was the three points.”
Is it true that you cried going into the tunnel? “I was angry, I was silent. I did my job, I put Sandro’s beautiful ball on the net.”
You showed us that at 36 years old you still let yourself be carried away by emotion: “Football is like this, with the adrenaline and the joy of winning the goal after a difficult game in my head I am still a child (laughs). On Tuesday I hope we return to Milan with the three points.”
Is this the best moment in your career? “Better I don’t know, but there are always moments when you are in the right place at the right time. I tried to do what I know how to do in front of the net. My life is in the penalty area, I do what I know how to do. I haven’t scored for 5 Serie A games, I was also a little p*ssed off. I always try to keep my confidence high and do more in training.”
How long are you going to play? “I don’t know, until my body tells me enough.”
Giroud was also interviewed by DAZN after the game, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.
“I was thinking about it on the bench (last year’s game), in the end we won. We had to score the second goal first,” he began.
On scoring a scissor kick goal: “I like this type of goal, Sandro’s ball was great. The important thing was to score, I am very happy.”
On the red card: “I forgot I’d been cautioned, I was excited and I forgot. I think in my head I am young, but the important thing is the three points. Now I will not be make mistakes anymore.”
On his arrival at Milan: “For me it was a great opportunity after Chelsea: playing for the great Milan, who I followed when I was little, the great Milan of 2000, the great players, for me it was a new opportunity. I feel good, I feel the trust of the staff and the coach and I’m proud of these guys, we can do good things.”
On the World Cup: “The possibility of playing a third World Cup is big. It is a goal to defend our title. We have a great team, we have many hopes with all these talents with France. Now I don’t want to think about the World Cup, let’s see Wednesday when Deschamps will release the list. Now the focus is on Cremonese, for me and the boys, and then on Fiorentina.”