Yohan Cabaye has been interviewed on the new French web-site Sport24.com and he has talked about the Newcastle season he has just completed.
Yohan Cabaye – at Goodison Park on Sunday – looks sick as a chip
The web-site has just been launched, and they have captured an interview with the top Newcastle and French central midfielder, who will be playing for France this summer in the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.
And of course France are in England’s Group D, and play England on June 11th to kick off the group.
Here is the translation from the French from the webn-site, with the questions asked by Sport24.com and Yohan’s responses:
Q – What is your assessment of your first season at Newcastle?
“I think the outcome is very positive. Early in the season, if we were told that Newcastle would finish 5th, nobody would have believed it. Our results have been beyond the expectations of the fans.“
Q – You have used a big surprise by nearly getting qualification to the Champions League – comments?
“As the season progressed, we found ourselves playing in 3rd or 4th place. There is a little disappointment that we didn’t finish there but it is quickly forgotten because we had a good season anyway.”
“And to qualify for Europe and the Europa League was really important for the fans and the club. This has been a very successful season.“
Q – What do you put your failure to qualify for the Champions League down to?
“Perhaps a lack of effective depth. At one point in the season, we had many injured. There was also the African Cup of Nations which made us a little down on numbers.”
“Everyone saw us fall against teams with more resources and manpower than ours. Eventually we managed to finish deservedly ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool.“
Q – You do not regret having left Lille for England last summer?
“I have been really focused on having a good season with Newcastle ahead of Euro 2012. I was really hoping that this change of club will allow improve my international chances. I’m not saying I got there, far from it.”
“But to leave, to play abroad, to go abroad, to have the chance to play good games and get good results with my club, it has helped me with my position in France team.“
Q – The hard part now will be to confirm Newcastle as a top Premier League side?
“Yes, of course. We have a good group. We’ll see what happens this summer. But I think we can build on what we did last season. If we can improve it a little bit, it would be really nice.“
Q – So do you think Newcastle is he able to settle permanently with the top teams of the English League?
“Yes, of course. It is not a ridiculous idea. Inevitably there are more quality players in the big teams. But right from the start of the season not one player has been placed above the team, superior to the group, and this is what makes us strong.”
“If we can continue in this spirit – all working for the team – we can still compete.“
Those are good words from Yohan, and we have to assume he will still be at Newcastle come September 1st – and there’s no doubt the Frenchman has turned out to be a terrific buy for Newcastle for just €5M.