Olivier Giroud has shared his delight at returning to Stamford Bridge together with his AC Milan teammates forward of Wednesday evening’s Champions League encounter between the Rossoneri and his former membership Chelsea.
The France worldwide scored 39 objectives in 119 appearances for the Blues and was an unused substitute within the 2021 Champions League ultimate as Chelsea beat Manchester Metropolis 1-0 to raise the trophy for the second time.
“I hope to have a superb welcome, as a result of I spent a pleasant three and a half years right here with trophies,” mentioned Giroud. “I left the membership in good phrases, so let’s have a look at. Hopefully.”
Whereas he holds fond reminiscences of his time on the membership, Giroud did admit that he’s ready to present his all for the Italian aspect and spoke of his immense delight in representing the membership forward of the competition.
“After we have been strolling across the pitch I advised my teammates I am very proud to return right here with the nice Milan to play within the Champions League, to play in our colors and to defend our badge.”
The 36-year-old proved important to Milan final season and scored 11 objectives, together with a brace in opposition to arch-rivals Inter within the Derby della Madonnina and on the ultimate day of the season to safe the Serie A title – Milan’s first since 2010/11.
The ahead additionally helped Chelsea win the FA Cup and Europa League throughout his time in West London and can nearly definitely obtain a heat reception from the house crowd forward of latest supervisor Graham Potter’s third recreation in cost.
“I do know the boys, I performed there with so lots of them, however they modified the supervisor so I do not actually know the way they’ll play,” Giroud added.
He probably will not be the one former Arsenal striker on the pitch both, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is predicted to line-up for Chelsea after scoring his first aim for the membership throughout Saturday’s away win in opposition to Crystal Palace.
Regardless of the commonality, Giroud insisted that there isn’t any rivalry between him and Chelsea’s newest cross-rivalry recruit.
“I solely care that my workforce wins,” he defined
“He is an excellent striker, I do know him very properly. After all we each performed for Arsenal however that is the one similarity between us, as a result of we’re fully completely different gamers.”
Milan head into the sport high of Champions League Group E on 4 factors whereas Chelsea sit backside. They’ve earned only a single level in Europe thus far after a 1-0 away defeat in opposition to Dinamo Zagreb, which proved to be Thomas Tuchel’s final match answerable for the membership, and final month’s 1-1 dwelling draw in opposition to Pink Bull Salzburg.