Olivier Giroud Story Inspires Montpellier Ligue 1 Champions

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“Has been underestimated at the beginning of the previous arrival.”

1NEWS – Olivier Giroud is arguably unrivaled in terms of his appearance as the most handsome footballer. However, for most of his career in the Premier League, Giroud still has a shadow.

At Arsenal, there were players like Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea had Eden Hazard.
During his time at Montpellier between 2010 and 2012, Giroud excelled not only in front of the mirror, but also in front of goal.

The France international, who is now second on his country’s all-time goalscorers list after Thierry Henry, is recognized for his prolific goalscoring exploits, including wherever he plays.

After narrowly missing promotion to Ligue 1 with Tours in the 2008/2009 season, the then 22-year-old made his own decisions the following season. He scored 21 goals and provided seven assists, only for a team to fail after finishing 11th in Ligue 2.

A chance to return to the top flight for the first time in 25 years has been lost, but their star striker is ready to step up after agreeing to sign with Montpellier in January, before being loaned back for the remainder of the season.

One year after promotion at the expense of Giroud and Tours, Montpellier skyrocketed under Rene Girard after finishing fifth and in the standings.

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Giroud, who was brought in for only £2 million (Rp 38.5 billion) in fact gave more meaning to the team, although many underestimated him when he first joined Montpellier.

After being unexpectedly knocked out of the Europa League by Hungarian side ETO FC Gyor, Montpellier’s momentum has stalled somewhat as they have never achieved sustained form in Ligue 1.

The second season was very strong in the Montpellier camp for a long period of the second half of the season. Just two wins from the last 14 matches saw them finish just three points above the relegation zone. However, it did nothing to stop their new striker from stealing the show.

Nevertheless, Giroud’s revival is still in its early stages. If he is to win trophies and demonstrate the true quality of his credentials in the near future, he needs a consistent and cohesive team and needs to be played around supportive players.

The arrivals of Henri Bedimo and Hilton seemed to give a lot of hope in the defense sector, but the club was not in good financial shape. PSG spent more than 80 million euros (Rp 1.3 trillion) to bring in Javier Pastore, Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta. As a result, they won their first title after waiting 18 years.

Their impact in Paris was clear and immediate. They have won nine of their 12 games in November, including a 3-0 away win at Montpellier. The result made them sit nicely at the top.

Despite their defeat to PSG at the Stade de la Mosson, Giroud et al continued to catch up with their talismanic abilities to maintain an astonishing attacking quality.

At the turn of the year, Giroud had played a direct role in 18 goals, 13 goals and five assists in as many appearances. Collectively Giroud earned 13 points for his side, without which they would have dropped further down the table.

Giroud won every header and worked tirelessly to facilitate more freedom for his team-mates.

Rene Girard has put together quite a convincing impact at the back with a solid full-back. Plus a midfield that turns defense into a quick counter-attack.
After the winter break, Montpellier was revitalized again after they drifted away from consistency and waited for a chance to take the lead in the league.

Four games into the start of the 2012 season, La Paillade won four without conceding before they headed to the Parc des Princes to face the reigning champions.

It feels like a title decider, flooded with the same optimism from two teams of world quality. Unfortunately, PSG did well to neutralize Giroud’s threat, which Alex and Mamadou Sakho made up for physically.

Giroud was forced to go down and wide, but still played a big part in both of his side’s goals as they earned a 2-2 draw. Every team, even leaders like Carlo Ancelotti, have their eyes on Giroud, trying everything from stamping his foot to striking him in the air to avoid his threat. However, he still found a way out.

Since then, as the end of the season drew near, both Montpellier and PSG expressed their confidence in each other. A draw with Dijon and a loss to Nancy went to Girard’s men in mid-March, but Giroud’s winner at home to Saint-Etienne put them back in the driver’s seat as the Parisiens dropped points for three consecutive games.

Now the title belongs to Montpeller, a path that motivated Giroud to continue his greatness. April brought an important trip to Marseille, and with nothing to separate the two teams in the first half, Giroud struck from a volley and provided an assist for Younes Belhanda’s goal to make the difference again.

His 20th league goal came a week later, but it was not enough to avoid an away defeat at Lorient. With six matches remaining, the gap between Montpellier and PSG is only two points. The pressure was heating up and Giroud’s goals were starting to dry up. Nevertheless, his overall contribution and infectious confidence is just as important as ever.

With a 4-3-3 pattern of play, attackers can switch roles simultaneously. They are tactically quite conscientious and manly in their relentless work ethic. Giroud epitomized this in every way and proved to be a symbol of their further success.

Three wins from four games for Montpellier after the loss to Lorient as they welcome third-placed Lille. The hosts sit three points above PSG heading into the penultimate matchday, meaning a win will be crucial to securing the Ligue 1 trophy.

Towards full time, mathematically still capable of retaining the title Lille continued to press for the winner, with Eden Hazard and Dimitri Payet always dangerous. With 93 minutes gone, Bedimo’s long and desperate stride looked to have cost him a few precious seconds. Then, out of nowhere, Giroud pulled it off perfectly before running away with no one but two defenders in sight.

At the end of the season, Giroud’s outstanding form earned him a place in the France squad for Euro 2012 along with a flurry of interest from clubs across the continent. He was destined to be at the top and there was nothing to stop him.

Two years after playing second-tier football with Tours, Giroud led France to bigger and better things.

(diaz alvioriki/yul)

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