Written By Dare Solomon
French forward Olivier Giroud made sense of a meaningless attempt from Davide Calabria to give AC Milan a 1-0 victory over Napoli. The win also put a hold on the Rossoneri’s winless run in the last three games where they’ve all played draw.
Koulibaly was booked for catching the back of Giroud’s ankle and did real damage, as the Milan striker was bleeding badly from the cut.
This won’t stop Giroud from staying on the pitch but the goal came in the restart. A free kick was not cleared properly and Davide Calabria’s attempt was woeful, but so poor that it turned into an accidental assist for Giroud to redirect into the net with the inside of the boot.
Milan coach Stefano Pioli praised his team for a beating a strong team like Napoli.
“These are three important points, we beat a strong side that caused us a lot of problems, because the lads worked so very, very hard off the ball and deserved this victory,” Pioli told DAZN as relayed by Footballitalia.
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Napoli also called for VAR after an ill-advised Fikayo Tomori challenge on Osimhen at the by-line but to no avail. Osimhen won’t stop at that as he made several attempts at goal with Mike Maignan being the opposing force.
“We have a very attack-minded channel down the left, so if we pay a little in terms of defending, it’s worth the risk for the potential we have going forward there. We tried to be aggressive, Tomori and Kalulu worked really well on Osimhen.
“We wanted an aggressive midfield, but also one with quality, knowing we could find gaps between their lines. We were in the game from start to finish, it was a good performance, but there are more delicate matches coming up.”
The win puts Milan top on 60 points, followed by Inter on 58 (with a game in hand), Napoli 57 and Juventus still in it at 53.
Despite the Daviolo sit at the submit of the table two points ahead of their city rival, Pioli refused to accept the Scudetto talks.
“Inter are still the favourites because they are the reigning champions and have a game in hand. They are a very strong team who know what it means to win.
“The sooner we have a table with all the teams playing the same number of games, the sooner we’ll be able to judge.” Pioli said.
Giroud has brought so much to the Rossoneri and tends to score in clutch games, such as his brace in the derby with Inter.
“We wanted to bring in players who have already won, who know what it means to work towards important targets and people who are great professionals. It just took a video call last summer for us to all realise who we were dealing with.
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