Olivier Grioud may not have been at Chelsea for too long, but in those 3.5 seasons, he certainly made his mark, both on the pitch with his crucial and timely goals (39 in 119, so 1-in-3) often on the biggest of occasions, and behind the scenes with veteran leadership and model professionalism.
It’s for those qualities that he was firm fan-favorite as well as a firm teammate-favorite the Bridge, and it’s for those qualities that his 20-minute interview with The Athletic’s David “Now More Than Just Transfer Rumors” Ornstein is such a riveting watch — even when Ornstein poses some obviously leading and silly questions (i.e. “Do you resent Tuchel for not playing you in the Champions League final?”), which Giroud answers with expected honesty but also with commendable decency, understanding, and respect.
You can skip past the Arsenal parts, but the parts where he talks about Tuchel (and how the 3-4-3 fit the team so well, for example), or Lampard (having no doubt of his future successes), or Werner (of how crucial a role he played even if he didn’t score all the time — an affliction that Giroud, a striker who played a key role in France winning the World Cup without a single shot on target, let alone a goal, can certainly relate to) are well worth the watch and listen.
Giroud has 2 goals in 5 games for Serie A title-hopefuls AC Milan so far this season, and we can only wish him the very best.