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And shortly after scoring his first goal, Yohan then hit the bar with another good shot, before being withdrawn from the contest.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