Published Saturday September 11, 2021 at 10:30 In: Serie A. By Claude Dautel

Author of a double two weeks ago with AC Milan, when he had just been sidelined by Didier Deschamps, Olivier Giroud raises questions in Italy.

Summer reinforcement of AC Milan, which is clearly a candidate for the title in Italy, Olivier Giroud had responded on the field to the announcement of the French coach, who did not call him for the three matches that the Blues have just finished to play. Indeed, on August 29, on the eve of the regrouping at Clairefontaine, the French striker scored twice against Cagliari for his first Serie A match in San Siro, before being tested positive for Covid19. Rather discreet by nature, Olivier Giroud did not want to say too much after this victory for AC Milan, even if this double was necessarily a response to the choice of Didier Deschamps. Because the France coach was quickly reminded that he called Giroud when he wasn’t playing for Chelsea, but skipped him when playing for Milan.

Ciao tifosi milanisti sono molto fiero di avere origini italiane e non vedo l’ora di iniziare questa emozionante avventura insieme a voi. Ringrazio Ivan Gazidis che conosco da tanto tempo, Paolo Maldini, Frederic Massara e Mr Pioli per accoglienza. Forza Milan 🔴⚫️💪🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/7aqSnK5Iy9

But it is not only in France that Olivier Giroud raises questions. In the columns of Il Foglio, a powerful Milan daily close to Silvio Berlusconi, the case of the French striker is under scrutiny after only two games. “The main mystery with Giroud is of a statistical nature: why has a solid, physically carefree, elegant, very technical striker never managed to exceed 16 goals per league in nine seasons in the Premier League? What prevented him from rising, even in the popular imagination, to the level of Lewandowski, Benzema, Cavani, Higuain, Suarez etc? Why are Chelsea letting their top Champions League scorer last season (six goals) leave? (…) What is curious about Olivier Giroud is that his career must be evaluated on the numbers, as befits any striker who respects himself. But these numbers contradict each other as much as a politician on a talk show. For example, one of the most incredible statistics in modern football belongs to Giroud: six games as a starter with France at the 2018 World Cup, where he took his place in front with Griezmann and Mbappé, but zero goals and zero shots on target ( …) We cannot say that he is the best striker of his generation, not even in France, because Benzema is objectively out of class, and yet, when Benzema returned to the national team and Giroud found himself on the touch, France was eliminated by Switzerland ”, points out the Italian journalist, who admits to having difficulty to define precisely the case Olivier Giroud, even if he admits that it is a sacred reinforcement for AC Milan. The Lombard club could thus no longer put everything in the feet of the only Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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