Davide Calabria and Olivier Giroud spoke to DAZN ahead of the new year.
The new Serie A season starts in less than 2 weeks and the Champions of Italy are getting ready for a title defense.
Ahead of the new campaign, DAZN spoke to two players who were fundamental in the Scudetto – Davide Calabria, who is now the Club’s Captain following Alessio Romagnoli’s exit, and Olivier Giroud.
“You can breathe the history. There are many photos that tell what Milan is,” Calabria said when asked about the Milanello training center.
On the Captain’s armband: “It’s a great emotion. I’ve been here since I was a little kid, it’s a dream come true. It’s impressive.”
On the Scudetto: “It was the greatest emotion of my life. Some people thought we were crazy, but we always believed in it. You could feel the desire to win the Scudetto in the air. We were sure we could win it.”
On his experience at Milan: “I arrived here when I was 10 years old. The first months I was struggling with being away from home, it was not easy. I was telling my mother that I didn’t know if I would be able to stay there, but she told me not to give up. She made so many sacrifices for me, I will always thank her for that.”
On Ibra: “Zlatan is a great professional. I hope he can come back as soon as possible. He has given us a great hand in the locker room and he’s helped all the younger players to perform like we are performing now on the pitch.”
Giroud meanwhile was asked about his last season: “I scored a lot of goals for the team and to help winning the Scudetto that we wanted to bring back here.”
On his children: “I thought them the chant ‘Siamo noi, i Campioni dell’Italia siamo noi’… And before, at the beginning of the season after the first goal, I also thought them: ‘Siamo venuti quassù per vedere segnare Giroud’ [we have come here to see Giroud score].”
On how the new signings are settling down: “Adli has already learned Italian, he has taken Italian lessons. Origi still has to learn it.”
Who is the vice captain ?
Happy or you, il capitano.
You were with the team from the banter era. You even endure the pain of threatened to be sold because deemed not good enough.
I would say that you are the true symbol of being a Rossonerri. Came from our academy, endured the bottom-phase Milan half of your playing carreer and right now you deservedly ripped all your hard work and loyalty. You deservedly are our captain!