- Carragher struggled to pronounce the Frenchman’s name after his team’s victory
- Giroud scored the winning goal in a 2–1 win for Milan over PSG
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In Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League post-game coverage, the CBS Sports panel resorted to one of its oldest tricks: making fun of Jamie Carragher’s inability to pronounce things without his Scouse accent.
As the desk interviewed AC Milan forward Olivier Giroud after his side’s 2-1 win over Paris St. Germain, host Kate Abdo asked the Frenchman if he was annoyed by Carragher’s struggles when it came to pronouncing his name correctly.
“No, they’ve been calling me (oh-liv-e-air jeer-ood) in the Premier League for nine years,” Giroud told the counter.
When Carragher asked him to give him an ‘education’ on how to pronounce it, the striker responded with the French way of pronouncing his name.
Abdo, who speaks French, said it almost perfectly when Micah Richards pronounced it, in Giroud’s assessment, “a little too close to the “R.”
CBS Sports’ Jamie Carragher had particular difficulty pronouncing Olivier Giroud’s name
Giroud was asked if he was annoyed by Carragher’s inability to pronounce his name correctly
Micah Richards used pages of notes to cover his face to embarrass his co-host
Kate Abdo, who pronounced Giroud’s name perfectly, laughed as she covered her face
Then it was Carragher’s turn. After an awkward pause in which the former Liverpool defender asked if he should really say it, he called the striker ‘Olivia’.
Carragher’s first attempt to pronounce the French striker’s name sounded like he used an “L” in Giroud’s surname.
“Not jee-lou, it’s jee-rhou,” said the Milanese man. To Carragher, that sounded like a “W” sound, which led to more confusion when he said “jee-woo.”
The agency was no longer in control of itself as Abdo and Richards covered their faces.
Giroud scored in the 50th minute of the match to give Milan the lead over PSG – a crucial three points as they sit third in Group F.