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Perch And Yanga-Mbiwa Had Difficulty Communicating In Moscow

12:13 am, Saturday, March 9th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

James Perch and Yanga-Mbiwa played very well for Newcastle in central defense on Thursday night in Moscow, and we thought they formed a very decent partnership, but it turns out that they had difficulty understanding each other.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – we must get good result tomorrow against Stoke

Perchinho has revealed that the two of them could hardly communicate on the pitch, because Mapou knows very little English at the moment, although he has already started taking English classes.

However, as evidenced by his excellent performances n the last few games, the French 23 year-old already looks an accomplished player for Newcastle, and James Perch has said in the Daily Mail today that he thinks Mapou already has everything:

“Mapou has got everything in his locker. He is a strong runner, he is quick, he heads it well, and whoever scouted him for us did their job brilliantly because he looks a fantastic player.”

“He’s very calm at the back and although we speak a different language so communication isn’t as easy as it could be, he reads the game very well and that helps massively.”

“It has been a great playing alongside him and if he plays like that every week he is going to have a great future at Newcastle. He is the type of player who looks very calm and that gets picked up by his team-mates.”

“He’s a top class player, no doubt about it and the club have done really well to get him.”

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is hopeful of Newcastle making it though to the quarter finals of the Europa League, for the first tine since Bobby Robson was the manager back in 2004, and the Frenchman had this to say about the game against Anzhi Makhachkala:

“We would have loved an away goal in Russia, which would have been vitally important for us, but it didn’t come. However, it’s not the worst result and a win at home at St James’ Park and we’re through. “

“That has to be the aim, to hit them early at our place, get our noses in front and take the tie. ‘If we can beat Stoke tomorrow then that will be an ideal preparation to face Anzhi again.”

“We need a massive result against Stoke to go into the second leg and a win would make our league position look a lot more secure.’

With the excellent result on Thursday night, Newcastle have set themselves up nicely to go through to the last eight   of the Europa League , but we also need to beat Stoke City tomorrow in the league, as Mapou rightly points out.

Two wins in the next toe games and we’ll be flying.

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Tags: Europa League · European Competition · James Perch · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Newcastle News





15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mark the Mag // Mar 9, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Mbiwa reminds me of Gallas when he first went to Chelsea, he is a class act. Thought he might concede a few free-kicks in his first games, a bit like Debuchy, as what i seen of him he liked to nip in front of the attacker, but his composure is supberb especially on the ball. Still cant believe we have got him, i know AC Milan tried to get him in the summer, and i think he once said he could use NUFC as a stepping stone, but i think after coming to the club he has realised we are a top club with great infastructure. Still think we could do with a big man, in the mould of Douglas (although there is doubts about his temperment) to play alongside him and show some threat from set pieces.

  • 2 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Mar 9, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    If they can play that well not understanding each other well. Blimey, I wonder how well they can play together once they can communicate properly.

    Thought they were our two best performers in moscow.. not to mention they were playing in the cold on a surface they are not accustomed to against some WC talent.

  • 3 Klatoon // Mar 9, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Perch and MYM guaranteed anzhi wouldnt do us for pace as they are both quick, nice change to Colo/Staylor who are abit slower.

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    They did do well together; the whole defense did well.

    …but we need to keep perspective because we didnn’t do very well going forward so our defense suddenly look quite good (Anzhi was probably the more deadly of the teams)

  • 5 jeff // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    ugh ed’s new ads break through adblock

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Jeff…which adds are that?

    I am on my phone right now and it looks okay. I use Opera browser!

  • 7 dubzy // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Star in the making…..maybe Cabayes replacement

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvfm_70UxRY

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    God this blog can be dead at times…

    …where are all the old people with kids ;-) they should up by now.

    Ibiza and Rainrix are probably still drunk and wasted from smoking a few packs of cigarettes last night ;-) lol

  • 9 ToonMauritius // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    hi lads
    anybody know this lads

  • 10 ToonMauritius // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sia18a3r_E
    watch this player, similar to C.Ronaldo, very talented

  • 11 Hatem's better than Messi // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Shows how good Perch is.
    He’s a good FB left or right.
    He’s an excellent DM.
    He can play alongside on of Europe’s best young CB’s and not look out of place.

    Perchy rules.

  • 12 Marty-Toon // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Stoke won’t be a pushover tomorrow ….
    They’ve a lot of power up front but I think if we’re on our game we’ll out pass them in the midfield and create lots of chances.
    The problem being who’s gonna put the ball in the net?
    Gouffran can play up front too if Cisse ain’t ready
    Mbiwa is a top player but it’ll take a while to get used to playing style of others and the English game although he’s done very well so far xct the goal at the Swans

  • 13 toonbrother // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    warms my heart to hear perchino speaking highly of mbiwa. top class fellow that perch

  • 14 Marty-Toon // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    @Hbtm
    I agree that Perchy rules
    I mean seriously how many had heard of him before he cam to toon?
    He’s almost always in or around the team
    He delivers every game to his best ability,maybe he isn’t a flair player but he can pass crisply,head the ball,strong in the tackle and quick.
    He reads the game well too.
    Top professional

  • 15 Bucks mag // Mar 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    We actually got to the Quarter Finals with Souness in 2004/05, not that anyone will want to remember




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