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Giroud: Famed Scudetto looks ‘beautiful’ on Milan shirt

Olivier Giroud insisted Milan are proud to be champions of Italy after scoring a brace in their 2-1 win over Koln to start their pre-season.

Giroud effectively wrapped up the match with a first-half double as the Rossoneri’s commenced preparation for their Serie A title defence after the club claimed their first league title since 2011 last season.

Notably, after receiving Ante Rebic’s delightful backheel in transition to chip Marvin Schwabe.

And finish with an open goal in the 16th minute, Giroud tapped the famed Scudetto on his shirt, awarded to the reigning league champions of Italy.

While expressing his positive feelings towards Milan’s preparations.

The 35-year-old admitted his celebration was a specific one post-match, intended as a message to the club’s fans.
Giroud said afterwards:
“I think the Scudetto looks beautiful on this red-and-black shirt.”I wanted to send a small message to our fans that we are proud to be the champions of Italy.

“It’s always good to start with a goal. We did very well in the first half, and the guys finished the work well.

“So I’m very happy as it’s always a good thing to win the first game, although it’s just friendly.

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Giroud: Famed Scudetto looks 'beautiful' on Milan shirt

“We’re doing an excellent job at Milanello, working very hard, and there are some heavy sessions.

“And this heat makes it difficult, but we did well today with good team spirit, playing with solidarity.

“So we’re almost ready, not 100 per cent, but I feel fine, and the guys too.”

Despite Franck Kessie’s departure for Barcelona and reportedly losing out on Renato Sanches, Milan has bolstered an already strong midfield in the off-season, with returns from loan for Yacine Adli and Tommaso Pobega.

While Pobega looked strong with a starting appearance, Adli impressed after coming on for the second half, with Giroud believing he will be a positive addition for the reigning champions.

The veteran striker said:

“I think it’s essential to do the right things to welcome him warmly.

“He’s a good guy and knows he has much to learn here.

“But I was impressed by his quality, assists, pace and vision.

“He’s a good addition to the team. Of course, he needs to calm himself, but he’s a good guy, and I’m happy for him that he can be here at a great Milan.”

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