Olivier Giroud scores just four minutes into his AC Milan debut with his first touch as Stefano Pioli’s side step up preparations for the new season with a 1-1 draw against Nice
- Olivier Giroud’s €2million move to AC Milan was considered a bargain by many
- The Frenchman is already showing his worth after a trademark header to level
- Nice took the lead after Amine Gouiri netted in the second half from the spot
- Giroud scored 39 goals for Chelsea and won the Champions League in May
- Milan are in Europe’s elite competition for the first time since the 2013-14 season
Olivier Giroud’s €2million (£1.7m) move to AC Milan was considered a bargain by many and the former Chelsea striker is already showing his former employees what they’re missing after a goal four minutes into his debut.
The Frenchman joined the Rossoneri two weeks ago scored 39 goals in 119 games for the Blues after moving there from Arsenal in January 2018.
Stefano Pioli’s men lined up for a pre-season friendly at the Allianz Riviera on Saturday against Nice as they work up to their Serie A opener on August 23.
Substitute Olivier Giroud got off the mark four minutes into his debut with his first touch
Giroud played the last half an hour as AC Milan drew 1-1 with Nice at the Allianz Riviera
Their French hosts took the lead on 58 minutes after Dan Ndoye was adjudged to have been clipped in the box by Rade Krunic, with Amine Gouiri slamming his penalty down the middle just past the dive of Ciprian Tatarusanu.
However, after coming on just after the hour mark for Rafael Leao, he leapt above his marker to head home Samu Castillejo’s inviting free kick with his first touch after Krunic had been fouled, ironically by Ndoye.
That was how the game stayed as Milan step up their league preparations over the next week against LaLiga opposition in Valencia and Real Madrid.
The Frenchman left Chelsea last month and ended his spell with Champions League glory
August 14 then sees Pioli’s side face Panathinaikos in Trieste before they kick off their domestic campaign at Sampdoria.
Milan have qualified for the group stage of the Champions League after finishing second last season behind city rivals Inter.