Olivier Giroud declared that Milan “are back” after inspiring their comeback win in the derby with Inter.
Giroud scored twice to cut Inter’s lead at the top of Serie A to one point – though the Nerazzurri do have a game in hand – in a 2-1 win for the Rossoneri, who had fallen behind to Ivan Perisic’s first-half volley.
The France international contentiously converted from close range to equalise in the 75th minute and completed the turnaround three minutes later to stun Simone Inzaghi’s side, Milan’s only blemish a late red card for Theo Hernandez.
“As I said before the game, this was a special fixture. You win the derby, we were struggling in the first half, but after the break for 45 minutes we got back into it,” Giroud told DAZN.
“I was hoping for one or two balls into the box, the first was a bit lucky, but the second was a fine [Davide] Calabria pass.
“I am so happy for my fans, I am proud of this team that never gave up.
“We score goals in the box, so it’s true I was a bit isolated in the first half, but the whole team didn’t play well and we knew that.
“We proved our great team spirit after the break and we are back!
“There’s a long road ahead of us, we are still in the running, but there are many games to be played and Inter remain the leaders.
“So let’s win our matches and then see what Inter do.”