Giroud on Milan’s ‘Turning Point’, Childhood Idol and Most Painful Defeat

Olivier Giroud has revealed what he thinks to be the turning point in the season for the Rossoneri. Milan have gradually been recovering from a torrid run of seven winless matches on the bounce, as they now find themselves on a three-game win streak – albeit winning each of them with a narrow 1-0 scoreline.

In an exclusive with DAZN, Giroud shared his thoughts ahead of the crucial league encounter against Atalanta at San Siro.

“After January, we were all disappointed and we needed a game to get us back up and we did it with Torino, Tottenham and Monza. We weren’t perfect but for confidence they were three important games and Atalanta will also be very important: they too are in the running for the Champions League.” (via MilanNews)

Milan endured a difficult January after winning their first game against Salernitana following the World Cup break. A 2-2 draw against Roma on January 8 set in motion a drastic downfall for the Rossoneri, and Giroud remembers that match vividly.

 “I was substituted in the 85th minute and I thought I had done well and I had a smile. At that moment we could still dream of the Scudetto but after that match there was a turning point in the season. It hurts when I see these images: at the first opportunity for the opposing teams we conceded goals. We struggled to press together and be united: we were fearful.”

Giroud then revealed his most painful defeat this season, followed by the most beautiful stadium he’s played at and his childhood idol.

Most painful defeat: “The Super Cup because it’s a trophy and I had lost the World Cup final just before.”

Most beautiful stadium he’s played at: “Tottenham”

Childhood idol: “Shevchenko”

Milan take on Atalanta next before visiting Fiorentina and then Tottenham for the second leg of the last 16 Champions League tie.

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