Newcastle Midfielder Wants To Work Hard To Be Like Xavi


Yohan Cabaye has looked a good player in both France’s games in Group D of the Euro 2012 Championships.

Yohan Cabaye scores for France last night against Ukraine

And Newcastle’s superb midfielder got his first goal at International level last night,  when he slotted in France’s second goal in their 2-0 win against the Ukraine.

And shortly after scoring his first goal, Yohan then hit the bar with another good shot, before being withdrawn from the contest.

So the French International central midfielder is having a good tournament, and he has said that he wants to become as good as Spanish midfield supremo Xavi, who is now 32:

“I’d like to have his vision.” “He always seems to be a step ahead of everyone else. His technique is also superb.”  “Xavi has this unique ability to play passes from complicated angles.”

“I always watch him when he plays.”  “I understand Laurent Blanc when he says that we lack a player like Xavi. After all, he is not completely wrong.”  “We have a young team. “

“The coach wants us to match his own expectations. He wants us to work and to try to become like Xavi.”  “It’s important for me to accept his comments and to work hard to get better.”

Both France and England will be trying to win their group in the last game on Tuesday night, which both start at the same time, so no country gets an advantage from knowing the other country’s result.

The winners of group D go against the runner-up in Group C, which is likely to be Croatia – maybe, and the runners-up of Group D play the winners of group C – which is likely to be Spain, the World and reigning European Champions.

It would be nice if England can miss Spain in the quarter finals, although we did beat them in our last game against them.

That’s when we won 1-0 at Wembley on November 12th of last year – with Frank Lampard getting the winner after 49 minutes – but Spain had about 91% of the possession after that goal, as we recall – or was it 92%? 😀

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126 comments so far

  • Beardo

    Jun 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    More relevant this thread – http://www.themag.co.uk/tyne-talk/david-ginola-yohan-cabaye-has-crossed-another-level-an-enormous-one/

    Really think he’s on he verge of joining the world-class band of CMs, one of the most complete around!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #2

    so me must aim to be like barca in order to keep him 🙂

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  • SuperShearer

    Jun 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s class! We’ll do well to hold onto him come the end of next season if he continues to progress like this. But he’s on a long term deal and you suspect wouldn’t now be sold for anything less than £25-30 Million. Would love to see him here long term though. Always comes across as a true gent as well.

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #4

    It just seems like 5minutes ago we were scrappin it out in the championship with alan smith in the middle of the park. Now we have a squad truly bristling with talent, real world class players. Cisse tiote cabaye etc etc all genuine right up there with the best in their respective positions.

    Hands off you grubby journo’s, how funny it was when I read about harry redknapp being linked with us after his sacking hahahahahahaha no thanks sad face, go and take another tramadol

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t wait too see mackem o neil’s face next season as they struggle around the bottom of the league. Let’s face it, they have nothing going for them

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    If you look at our first team for next season and take out the players that may leave it truly is a marvel how far we have come in the 3 years since relegation.

    GK – Tim Krul – 24 – Potentially World Class
    RB – N/A
    CB – Steven Taylor – 26 – Potentially World Class
    CB – Fab Collocini – 30 – World Class
    LB – Davide Santon – 21 – Potentially World Class
    CM – Cheik Tiote – 25 – World class
    CM – Yohan Cabaye – 26 – World Class
    CM – N/A

    RW – Hatem Ben Arfa – 25 – World Class
    LW – N/A
    ST – Papiss Cisse – 27 – World Class

    Our team is full of amazing players and if we can keep them fit and add to that team I cannot see why we can’t claim 4th.

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  • XtraTimeAndPens

    Jun 16, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Cabaye played well yesterday I though. Think the game passed him by a little in the first half but he grew into it. He took his goal well and should have probably had another with the half volley that hit the post. I agree with what Ginola said yesterday, I think playing in England has really brought him on. He’s a far more complete player now it would seem than when he first arrived on Tyneside. Let’s hope we can keep him here for as long as possible.

    http://www.extratimeandpenalties.com

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  • kilcline

    Jun 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Debuchy would be a great signing and would complete our back 4 with Steven Taylor coming back.

    Then a replacement for Ba and Best who are both on their way. Kalou would be a good free addition to replace Best.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Don’t forget that Mike Williamson and Danny Simpson are world class. Great performances from them against Wigan, Tottenham, Arsenal and Fulham.

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  • DannyA

    Jun 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #10

    i detect a hint ov sarcasim there Ketsbaia9 lol

    i think we may sign debuchy now that we hav set the ball rolling with an initial bid for the lad however i still think Pardew and Carr will suprise us all wiv a couple ov signings that none expected i rekon barnetta maybe resurected again after all hes still locked in that hotel room lol

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 16, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #11
  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Deciphering the hidden message in the quote. Player + cash deal agreed with Barcelona. Xavi + Cash for Cabaye.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Indian

    I am giving you the task of converting as many people from your country as possible to toon fans away you can.

    Start building the foundations of our fan base over your way.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Agree with you beattie

    Except steven taylor will always be an injury doubt..
    World class CB, RB, CM, LW..
    Some dept in the squad, and we’re there.. simples!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Cabaye needs better support this season so he can be more of the playmaker. It’s obvious he is more effective in an advanced role and we saw early on he has a canny eye for goal, and a decent FK on him. problem is we have struggled admirably with a slipshod back line that needed more of the usual cover from midfield. Plus we had HBA and Ba hemming him in. In conclusion, a proper back four that stick to their tasks and positions and don’t go pressing upfield for glory, with backup for the inevitable injuries. At least two defensive-minded midfielders in the squad so we can field a team that can shut up shop at any time. And we don’t need two out and out strikers on the pitch when you have HBA and Cabs pushing through. So Ba OR Cisse up front, not at the same time, except when we are 4-0 up, 15 mins to go and wanting to go on the rampage. There, sorted.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh and it’s really quiet on here isn’t it?

    I SAID ISN’T IT?????

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  • danuneek

    Jun 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    I think the label world class is used far too often. Cabaye, tiote, ben arfa, ba and cisse are not world class. They are international class and have potential to become world class but they arent there yet. Would you say any of our players are in the same league as xavi, iniesta, silva, messi, ronaldo, rooney, van persie, otzil, sneijder, aguero etc… I wouldnt. I think thats the whole point of the article. Cabaye saying he hopes to be as influencial as xavi one day.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyone want to explain the difference between ‘International’ and ‘World’ class?

    Maybe Beattie should have said that HBA, Cabs, Tiote etc are ‘International class AT BEST’ 🙂

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Haha no they ARE world class, can you really compare cisse to aguero and rooney?! He would eat them both alive, have you ever seen rooney play for england? He is dire. Cisse captain’s his national side. Ben arfa is miles better than otzil. Iniesta is a incredible midfielder, but tap tap tap football has its drawbacks, put him in a stoke side and you would see he is human. Cabaye in my opinion is a much more all round midfielder, better defensively, better engine and a greater goal threat. Our lads are more than international class, beattie was pretty accurate in his earlier post

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 16, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #20

    International class would be carroll (good goal), cisse would be world class. IMO

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  • JackNUFC

    Jun 16, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Just want peoples opinions on what you’s would like to be our Strongest starting XI for next season?

    Personally mine would be.

    Krul
    Debuchy Taylor Colo Santon
    Tiote
    Cabaye Martin
    HBA Cisse Affelay

    Debuchy Affelay Martin – 20 million maximum?

    Simpson Best Forster Ba – 17 million

    Would be a very good and capable team pushing Europe each year.

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Cisse easily sits comfortably amongst the best finishers in the world. No doubt

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #23

    pbNcl – spot on with HBA vs Ozil. I also think HBA is better looking what with ozil’s poppy eyes an all.

    Isn’t it funny how so many ‘world class’ players do things like score pretty good goals and get raved about, and yet when HBA scores after one of his mazy runs he’s …. well, not bad. I reckon if Messi had scored Welbecks goal we wouldn’t hear the last of it for weeks. Not that I like Welbeck that much, my point being that sometimes ‘World’ class players are very often that good because of the collection of individuals they play with as a team. I’ve lost count of all the ‘world’ class individuals who have absolutely bombed when taken out of their comfort zone to play in another league, or been sussed by crafty opponents. Nope, this ‘World’ class thing is a bit of a myth to me, at best a fleeting illusion that some players exude when they hit the right form at the right time in the right team.

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  • lewytoon

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Siggurdsson to liverpool

    well sky sports news says liverpool and other clubs! hope for the best #nufc

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Gyfil Sigurdsson is in talks with Liverpool and OTHER premier league clubs!… would love it if were in talks with him

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #26

    I like Sigurdsson, but we don’t actually need him do we? Or do we? Who would make way for who? Suggestions on a postcard please……..

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Tiote–Cabaye
    -Sigurdsson

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Krul

    Debuchy-s.taylor-colo-santo

    Jonas-tiote-johnson

    Cabaye

    Arfa-cisse

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Good post Tsunki

    Double agree on benny’s charms over ozil’s ‘poppy eyes”! And that’s what I’m sayin, take some of these players out of their comfort zone and they could struggle heavily, but cisse, cabaye came straight in and went bloomin mental!

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Tsunki, good post. ‘World class’ is one of those football cliches that gets thrown about by Alan Hansen and the boys on MOTD for the lack of something better to say. It sits comfortably alongside ‘game of two halves’ and more recently ‘footballing reasons’. What does it even mean?

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Sigurdson would be a good addition to the squad.

    Remember people that it’s no good just signing players to play 4-2-3-1.

    In some game we could go 4-3-3, 4-4-2, etc

    We need to adapt to who we play so the more variety the better

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #32

    gt89 – that’s a bit wishful innit mate? Don’t you think our midfield needs a bit more of a defensive posture?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #33

    we need goalscoring midfielders

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Na we don’t need sigurdsson, I like this idea of 2DM with cabs pushin up, and amilfitano covering when breaks are required. This sigurdsson would want frequent starts, and that’s not gonna happen.

    I’m not going to speculate on transfer’s tho, I just trust our pardy and carr to sort it out! Although I’m really hoping for debauchy! Can’t deny that!

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  • lewytoon

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #35

    id love siggurdson

    cabaye-tiote-siggurdson

    would be unreal, scores goals, young quick and skillful, with guthrie and smith gone and gosling on his way out apparently, we need another cm whos good

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #36

    He’s a deadly midfielder, very good. But its the starts we wouldn’t be able to provide in my opinion. And playing him on the regular would push cabs back. Jus sayin. However I would be as chuffed as everyone else if we got him

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  • DannyA

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #37

    rumour has it west ham want shola for 20 mil lol if only!

    dont think we will get sigurdson the bin dippers can and will offer silly wages to get him especially under rodgers so iv just 4got about that 1 it aint gunna happen

    and where have all these affaley rumours surfaced from? dont tell me the transfer mage dropped that 1 to haha!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d rather we signed Marvin Martin, however, I wouldn’t be disappointed if we signed Sigurdssson. The blokes a real threat. I can see us finishing in the top three next season.

    I know that Pardew’s going to make some class signings.

    Man City and Chelsea will be fighting it out for the title. Spurs are in decline and will lose Modric and Bale in addition to not signing Jan Vertonghen. Man Utd will struggle unless they make 5/6 decent signings to come into the first team. Hopefully Giroud will sign for us instead of Arsenal.

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Gosling is dead wood. Completely without use in my humble opinion. Hate to be harsh but lacks about everything required to be a decent midfielder, pace, vision, passing range, timing of the tackle.

    However, round my way, perch is still the boy

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Going back to the World Class debate.

    I think World Class is a title attributed to the talent of the player when they are on top form.

    Consitency is another subject but when our top players are on top form they are ‘World Class’.

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