MILAN, Aug 30, 2021 (BSS/AFP) – Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham both got off the mark in Serie A on Sunday as the former Chelsea men helped their new teams AC Milan and Roma to comfortable victories which gave them two wins from the season’s opening two fixtures.
France forward Giroud, who has not been picked for Les Bleus’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers, bagged a brace in a 4-1 win over Cagliari at the San Siro while Abraham scored in a 4-0 rout at promoted Salernitana.
Both strikers left European champions Chelsea this summer in the search of more regular football and have got off to quick starts in Italy.
“I am very proud to play for Milan and to play in the San Siro stadium. It is a great emotion,” Giroud said.
“I believe in myself and in my abilities. As a child I used to watch Van Basten, Papin and Inzaghi and wearing this shirt makes me happy.”
– Abraham on target –
“I was perfectly calm right from the start. The team played really well… Again tonight, we dominated the match,” said Mourinho.
“I didn’t expect to be still here, there’s been a lot going on this week, but I wanted to show what I think I’m worth,” the imposing forward told DAZN.
“It was great coming on and scoring, but honestly with my shape it’s hard work, I need to play more regularly to feel right on the pitch.”
Sassuolo and Sampdoria played out a goalless draw in the other early match, with Emil Audero putting in a great performance in the Samp goal to escape with a point.