Four short minutes.
This is the time it took for Olivier Giroud to score his very first goal for AC Milan, which he has just joined from Chelsea, in the hope of playing in the 2022 World Cup. in Qatar.
The Frenchman's ability to adapt and his ability to make himself indispensable no longer needs to be demonstrated, but the Milanese supporters must say to themselves that they may have there a player capable of imposing his physical presence in the opposing penalty area. when old Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not there.
Entered into play in the 61st minute in a friendly match against Nice in place of the Portuguese Leao, in a match where Milan had just conceded the first goal on a penalty from the wisp of Amine Gouiri, Giroud quickly showed that he could be important for the Rossoneri this season.
On an eccentric free kick, he played Kephren Thuram in the air and victoriously resumed a wrapped free kick from Samuel Castillejo (1-1, 65th).
Subsequently, the ex-Londoner was invaluable in a register of center-forward in pivot that he masters to perfection.
Between defensive pressing and conservation of the ball, by causing faults, his panoply can allow him to quickly seduce Italy.
Two assists for Griezmann
After nine seasons in England, the 2018 world champion, who has scored 90 goals in 255 Premier League games in Arsenal and then Chelsea shirts, is under contract with Milan until 2023. He still has two weeks to go. gain momentum before the start of Serie A. His club will play in Genoa against Sampdoria.
Another French rookie of the Italian club, goalkeeper Mike Maignan (ex-Lille) only played half of the match.
Very sober and faithful to his habits, he knew how to play far from his goals to cut off the opposing offensives (15th) or to be solid on a corner (40th).
He was replaced by his left post on a free kick from Gouiri (24 ').
Another Frenchman stood out this Saturday evening. If we talk more about him these days in the transfers section, the French Antoine Griezmann has shown that FC Barcelona could well need him this season, despite the recruitments of Sergio Agüero and Memphis Depay. The French striker ended his friendly match against Stuttgart with two assists on the clock. Note that the former Lyon striker has meanwhile gone from his goal. The Catalans have won all of their friendlies so far.