Pioli Reasons Why Giroud Replaced Maignan in Genoa Win, Not Pulisic

Olivier Giroud turned up between the sticks for Milan after Mike Maignan’s red card, but it could well have been Christian Pulisic. A tense end to the game first saw Pulisic net the winner with a brilliant strike in the 87th minute, after which Maignan was shown a straight red for a high knee challenge outside the box. Giroud took up the responsibility, which ultimately came to fruition, but Stefano Pioli says it might have been different.

Speaking to Sky Italia following the game, Pioli shed light on how the game turned out.

“Giroud in goal? Something like this has never happened to me, it was a surprise. Pulisic was supposed to go in goal then we decided to have someone a little bigger go in.”

Meanwhile, Giroud was all ecstatic as well, having pulled up Maignan’s jersey over his own number nine shirt.

“I’m taking this shirt home and framing it,” he said following his cameo between the sticks.

Standing at 6ft 4in, Giroud executed a brave late save to allow Milan to prevail with the victory, whereas 5ft 10in tall Pulisic had his winner to celebrate about.

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