Giroud Reacts After Angry Substitution: “I’m a Man, Not a Robot”

Napoli executed a two-goal comeback to register a 2-2 draw against Milan at home, as Olivier Giroud’s brace of headers in the first period was canceled eventually by Matteo Politano and Giacomo Raspadori in the second half. The French striker was brought off by Stefano Pioli after the restart for Luka Jovic, and the substitution didn’t go well with him, as he sat on the freezer box looking dejected.

Giroud spoke to Sky Italia after the game and stressed on the fact that even he has emotions.

“Of course, I’m a man and not a robot. I feel emotions, at the time I was disappointed because I felt I could still help the team, but I respect the coach’s choices. Afterwards I calmed down, I always look for the best for my team.” (via Tuttomercatoweb)

Giroud ended a long streak of scoreless goals to finally grab not one, but two, to his name. However, Milan ultimately came short.

“I’m very happy for these two goals that I’ve been waiting for five games in Serie A. I had two good crosses from my teammates. I’m disappointed because tonight we had the chance to win, we created many opportunities to score. We lacked a bit of efficiency to close the game. In the second half, Napoli were good at reacting, we knew it would have been more difficult. We would have had to score three or four goals, we certainly could have done better collectively.”

Napoli are Giroud’s favorite opponent, with the ex-Arsenal and Chelsea man scoring five goals for Milan against the Partenopei across all competitions. Pioli‘s Rossoneri face Udinese next.

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