France’s best player on display at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and the Ukraine was probably Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle, and his pal Mathieu Debucy also had a good tournament.
Yohan Cabaye at Euro 2012 with France
Cabaye thinks that France can now continue to improve, as he had this to say to RMC
“I think that the Euros were positive on a personal level. To represent the country for me is very important,” “If we had won against Sweden, we would have played Italy, but it is far from certain that we would have beaten the Italians.”
“Against Spain, we knew that it would be a complicated game where we didn’t have much of the ball, but we thought that we would have two or three chances. But it is true that in the end, there is a small frustration.”
“There was no war in the squad. There were some upset players after the Sweden loss, but we’ve talked, it is over.” “Nothing ever happened between Olivier Giroud and Samir Nasri. None of it is true. Hatem Ben Arfa isn’t always easy. I left him yesterday and his morale was good.”
“But I can tell you that in the group, it was all fine. And when I play, the more important issue is the team. But in the match against Spain, we all had a share of responsibility.” “We’ve all got our personalities, our ideas. What matters is to be tolerant, to make efforts.”
“Everybody wanted the same thing, to go far in this competition. But there was a good vibe, unlike what was said.”
There’s no doubt that Cabaye had a good tournament, as did his former Lille team-mate Mathieu Debuchy, who is now a strong Newcastle transfer target.
And it was an improved performance by France in general, following the terrible goings on in the squad during the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, and that can also be said about England’s performance, although England were far too defensive in all but the win against Sweden.
Spain will now play Portugal on Wednesday, and in the other semi-final Italy will take on Germany, and it could lead to an excellent match-up in the final, and a repeat of the 2008 final, between reigning Champions Spain and Germany.
Spain won that game 1-0 with a first goal from Fernando Torres.