Olivier Giroud Apologizes to Manager Despite Scoring 2 Goals in Draw vs Napoli

Olivier Giroud Apologizes to Manager Despite Scoring 2 Goals in Draw vs Napoli

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Olivier Giroud put Milan 2-0 up against Napoli on Sunday
  • The Frenchman however courted controversy with a furious reaction to getting subbed off
  • He has since issued a passionate apology to his manager

Milan striker Olivier Giroud showed his class as he sent out an apology to his manager Stefano Pioli for his reaction to getting substituted on Sunday, October 29.

At the ripe age of 37, Giroud is still at the top of his game, and he showed this during the entertaining Serie A clash against Napoli with two goals.

His first goal was a glancing header from a cross by Christian Pulisic. He then repeated the trick minutes later heading in from a Davide Calabria cross to put the visitors 2-0 up at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

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Olivier Giroud looks dejected as he applauds the fans at full-time following the team's draw in the Serie A TIM match between SSC Napoli and AC Milan at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on October 29, 2023 in Naples, Italy. Photo by Francesco Pecoraro
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Despite going two goals up, Milan somehow let the lead slip, as Napoli pegged them back, initially halving the deficit through Matteo Politano's superb strike onto the roof of the net, as cited on BBC.

Giacomo Raspadori then curled in a superb free kick in the 63rd minute to level matters to set up a tense final half-hour.

Napoli had the chance to win it late on, but Khvicha Kvaratskhelia fired a shot agonizingly wide late as the two teams settled for a draw.

Giroud apologizes

Despite Girous’s heroics, he almost took attention away from his goals with his antics when he was substituted and replaced by Luka Jovic.

The Frenchman did not appreciate the substitution and made his feelings clear by refusing to sit on the bench to see out the remainder of the game.

Speaking after the match, Giroud was apologetic over the incident, saying as per The Mirror:

“I am only human, I am not a robot. I felt disappointed because I was convinced I could help my teammates, that I still had energy left and wanted to stay on.
“Of course, after five minutes I calmed down and apologised to the coach. I respect his decisions and I just want what is best for the team. I was frustrated because we should’ve won this game.”

Giroud was not the only player who was animated after being substituted.

Rafael Leao was also irate after getting taken off, and footage has emerged of the winger approaching his manager seemingly to question why he was taken off.

When Giroud went in goal to rescue Milan

Sports Brief also reported on how Olivier Giroud briefly turned into a goalkeeper earlier in October during a Serie A clash against Genoa.

Milan goalkeeper, Mike Maignan came out to head a ball away outside the penalty area and went knee-first into the chest of Caleb Ekuban, which saw him get sent off.

A few minutes before Maignan's red card, the Rossoneri had used up their substitutions and striker, Giroud went in goal for the game's final minutes.

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