Not selected for the French team, Olivier Giroud scored his first official goals with AC Milan against Cagliari (4-1).
So it is now that all is well for him in the club thatOlivier Giroud, suddenly, is no longer called in the France team. This week, Didier Deschamps chose not to call on the Blues one who, since 2011, has scored 41 goals in 110 caps.
The official reason? It is a sporting choice, and the continuity of a Euro where Giroud lost his starting place with the Blues, following the combination of two factors: the return of Karim Benzema, and his lack of playing time with Chelsea who ended up plumbing him.
Well helped by Théo Hernandez
This last argument hardly holds up at this time. Came to Milan to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s lining, Giroud took advantage of the Swedish giant’s injury at the start of the season to hold the title. This Sunday night, against Cagliari, he played 90 minutes for the second time in two Serie A days. And he did not forget to score, because that is how he responds to his detractors.
While his team was already leading 2-1, Giroud perfectly concluded a counter led by… Théo Hernandez (one of the new recruits called up by Deschamps for the Blues) and Brahim Diaz. The left-hander showed composure in the finish (3-1, 4th), before offering himself a double from the penalty spot (4-1, 43rd sp). If Giroud wanted to respond to Deschamps on the pitch, he wouldn’t have done it any other way.