Olivier Giroud Opens up On Experience as A Goalkeeper in Hilarious Exchange with France Coaches

Olivier Giroud Opens up On Experience as A Goalkeeper in Hilarious Exchange with France Coaches

Rene Otinga
updated at October 11, 2023 at 2:05 PM
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  • Olivier Giroud engaged with the France national team’s goalkeeping coach with a hilarious account of his goalkeeping heroics
  • The former Arsenal man stole the show on Saturday, October 7, as he was forced to step into goal after Mike Maignan was shown a red card
  • The Frenchman, now on international duty, earned plaudits from the France goalkeeping coach

Olivier Giroud had no problems speaking about his recent heroics for AC Milan to the France goalkeeping coach while on international duty.

Fans are still coming to terms with the fact that the former Arsenal and Chelsea star can actually hold his own in front of goal after his saves against Genoa on Saturday, October 7 ensured Milan came out of the Serie A encounter with all three points.

Maignan was shown a red card in stoppage time, leaving Milan with no option but to deploy Giroud in goal.

The striker then did brilliantly to stop a potent attempt by George Puscas, just before the full-time whistle, and that piece of play proved to be the difference between a win and a draw for the Rossoneri.

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Theo Hernandez and Olivier Giroud celebrate at the end of the Serie A TIM match between Genoa CFC and AC Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on October 07, 2023 in Genoa, Italy. Photo by Claudio Villa,
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Giroud briefly turning into a goalkeeper has come with its fair share of ripple effects, as he was included in the Serie A team of the week, and Milan made his goalkeeper shirts available for purchase, according to GOAL.com.

Giroud describes his save

Back at the France national team camp, Giroud was still a hot topic, and this was evident from an engagement with Les Bleus' goalkeeper coach Franck Raviot, and Guy Stéphan.

In the video shared by @FrenchTeam on X, Giroud is heard saying:

“I enjoyed myself. I have a small bruise here (on his elbow), but again, it’s fine.”

One of the coaches can then be heard telling the striker he was very brave for pulling off the saves. He then proceeds to praise Giroud for his save from a late free kick.

Taking in all the compliments, Giroud responded with, “It’s calmness.”

The wholesome engagement was simply hilarious to watch, as it was nice to see Giroud receive plaudits from coaches who actually understand how difficult a goalkeeper can have it between the sticks.

Mike Maignan congratulates Giroud

Sports Brief also reported on Mike Maignan’s statement after Giroud stepped in to do his job against Genoa.

After the game, the goalkeeper reshared a picture of Giroud celebrating with his jersey alongside Theo Hernandez.

Maignan is now set to miss at least three games for the Rossoneri after the international break, the key of which will be against title rivals, Juventus and defending champions, Napoli.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.