Our Man of the Match last night – Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – has been interviewed on FIFA.com, and he says some very good things about Newcastle, and it was Yohan Cabaye who told him many good things about Newcastle (that’s a surprise , and that was one of reasons he came to Tyneside.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – in action against Metalist Kharkiv
But we knew that Yohan had his best friend Mathieu Debuchy chomping at the bit to come to Newcastle last year, and Mathieu said that during last years’ European Championships, that all Yohan talked about in training camp was Newcastle. 😀
This is what Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had to say to FIFA:
“”It’s a new league and a new team.” “It’s not easy!” “There’s good football here, and people are passionate about football.” “The fans live for their club, they’re always behind their team and they do everything to help them perform as well as possible. “
“There’s also a great tactical culture and recognition for good bits of skill on the pitch, even defensive ones. There’s everything I need here to thrive.” “Playing together all year round obviously lets you build an understanding on the pitch, and helps you to get to know one another better,” he said. “If we then end up together at international level, that can certainly help the French national team.”
“Even though I didn’t get to go to the Euro, it was great for me just to have made it into the provisional squad.” “It gives me even more motivation to work hard every day, so that I can continue to be part of this adventure in the years to come.”
“Without wishing to offend anyone, France are among the best teams in the world.” “My goal was to do everything I could to get my foot in the door of the French national team. Being a France international is, for me, a key ingredient for a great career, and that’s exactly what I want to have. I want to play with the best players and for big clubs, and this is one of the steps.
“Yohan Cabaye told us a lot of good things about Newcastle United.” Obviously when somebody you know, talks about what they’ve experienced in that way, it makes you want the same thing.” There is good football here and the people are passionate about football. The supporters live for their club and they are always behind the team, the do everything to help the players perform as well as possible.
“There is also a great tactical culture with recognition for good bits skill on the pitch, even for defensive ones.” “There is everything I need at Newcastle to thrive.”
Mapou will get an extended run in the Newcastle side now that Coloccini is out for a few weeks, and the Frenchman has already put in some sterling performances for Newcastle, including giving an accomplished display last night, and that will not harm his International chances.
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