Yohan Cabaye has been interviewed a lot during the Euro 2012 Championships, which are taking place in Poland and the Ukraine during June.
Yohan Cabaye seems upbeat about Les Bleus chances
Poland were eliminated last night, after a rather tepid performance in their 1-0 defeat by the Czech Republic, and would you believe it – Greece beat Russia 1-0 in the other Group A game, and also advance – unbelievable.
After being hammered 4-1 by Russia in their opening game, it’s quite amazing the Czech Republic got through to the quarter-finals, and notice if this was the World Cup – Russia would have advanced, because of their superior goal difference.
But in the European Championships points is followed by head to head competition, if two teams are tied on points, and only then does it go to goal difference, so the Czech Republic advanced because they tied on 4 points with Russia, but beat them last night in head-to-head competition.
So certainly neither England nor France can take their games lightly in the final matches of Group D, to be played on Tuesday night.
Yohan Cabaye talked about the win against the Ukraine, and the 26 year-old seems quite confident of France’s chances in the competition:
“This time we attacked from the beginning of the match. The coach chose the formation to create spaces in behind.”
“That’s because we were also aware that they would tackle a lot on the right-hand side, so with Franck Ribery on our left we could counter that.” “That was how we scored the first goal. I think we succeeded and the team is relieved.”
“We can prepare for the third match with more confidence, for sure.” “Samir Nasri, Karim Benzema and Jeremy Menez are top players. If a team wants to accomplish something special, it needs talent – and those players are talented.
“There is also Hatem Ben Arfa, who did not play against Ukraine.” “He is a special footballer and very exciting. I am sure he can do well if he gets his chance.” “Those four players are really talented.”
“The rest of us stay behind them and try to keep our eyes open. Because, let’s put it like this, in the attack they run a little bit everywhere.” “But that’s not a bad thing as long as they do their job and score goals.”
“That’s what is really important. We are there to support them and help them play.” “We can consider ourselves lucky to have them, and I hope that they will stay without any injuries and in good form for the rest of the tournament.”
Whoever is the runner-up in group D will likely play World Champions Spain, who are expected to win group C.
So let’s hope that England can get a decent win against the Ukraine on Tuesday night, but it will not be easy, although Wayne Rooney is back for England, and we hope he can play somewhere near his best form – which he hardly did in South Africa two years ago.