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.
Giroud has been given the number nine jersey at Milan and scored the third and fourth in an easy victory at the San Siro.
His name was sung by a large portion of the 31,000 Milan fans present, who watched their team run riot in a highly entertaining first half which won the match for Stefano Pioli’s team.
“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.”