AC Milan champion of Italy / Snubbed by the Blues, heroes of the title: a week at the Giroud

AC Milan champion of Italy / Snubbed by the Blues, heroes of the title: a week at the Giroud

A decisive game, a ball that drags in the box, a pivot attacker who takes the ball in a delicate position to send it, one way or another, to the other side of the glorious line… This Sunday, as so many times in his career, Olivier Giroud made his qualities as a finisher speak to open the scoring against Sassuolo in the 17th minute and launch AC Milan towards their first Italian championship title for eleven years.

But Giroud did not stop there. A quarter of an hour later, he was still just in time, as a fox from the surfaces, to conclude an excellent job by Rafael Leão and give AC Milan a break lead. In this title match where the Rossoneri could have been overtaken by the fear of winning, the Frenchman reassured all the Milanese people. He offered her this essential serenity in such a decisive meeting.

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It is not the first time. We remember in particular the only goal of the meeting in Naples on March 6 (0-1) or his ultra decisive double against Inter in early February (2-1). Enough to make him one of the great artisans of the return to the top of the Rossoneri. His impact can be read in part in the statistics with 11 goals for his first season in Serie A. But above all in this ability to be decisive on important meetings. His double in this title match is the best example.

An endless story with the France team

However, it was not easy at the start of the season. Recruited to play understudy for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, faced with learning a new championship at the age of 35, the former Montpellier player has shown remarkable adaptability to gradually establish himself as an indisputable holder of the formation of Stefano Pioli. The last time he started on the bench in the league was during the defeat against La Spezia in mid-January (1-2). Since then, he has consistently been a starter. And Milan did not lose a game.

His season is remarkable. And the irony of history wanted him to be the title hero three days later after learning of his absence for the Blues rally. On Thursday, Giroud was not selected by Didier Deschamps to be one of the 24 players called up to take part in the Nations League matches in June. A new signal to indicate to the second top scorer in the history of the France team (48 achievements, three units from Thierry Henry’s record) that the future no longer seemed to be able to be written in blue.

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This Sunday, Didier Deschamps, his first defender for a long time, did not hesitate to say that he could not “feel” regarding his former favorite player. So, as always, Giroud responded on the field, reminding his coach that he did not intend to stop giving him knots in the brain. Always bouncing back without ever really falling, it’s a bit the story of his career summed up in a week, and the strange paradox of a player who was able to further inflate his prize list just after being snubbed by the Blues.

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