Yohan Cabaye was made captain when Fab Coloccini was out injured with his back, but Newcastle and Cabaye himself struggled in the latter part of the season as we tried to avoid relegation for the second time in four years.
Yohan Cabaye – things will be better next season
Yohan Cabaye has been interviewed on a French TV channel and he has shed some light on what was going on – and what he said has been translated into English by The Mag – and Yohan had this to say:
“It is always complicated to all arrive together; the club did as much as they could to help, with an interpreter to help them settle.” “It helped, but in some ways it didn’t, as they constantly had to rely on things being translated, and also speaking French.”
“But with regards to the overall group, there were never any tension.” If anything, the group lived well together, and we all stuck together to avoid relegation.” “There is no doubt that if the group was working well, people would have said ‘ah that’s great, that the French have come to help the club’.”
“Unfortunately it did not work that well, so obviously it became our fault, for the ones who arrived in January.” “It is a good job that we managed to save ourselves before the last match as playing at home with the pressure of the public would have made it harder.”
“Also, it would have led to some bad publicity for the French players.” “They arrived in numbers in January, and at the beginning it worked well, and then we went through a bad period. If we had been relegated it would have been very difficult, and we needed to avoid it come what may.”
“It is important not to attribute all this negativity to the group who arrived in January. We will use this to help us for next season.”
Yohan did make a substitute appearance for France against Uruguay on Wednesday night after 75 minutes, and he played quite well, and had a great shot well saved by the goalkeeper.
Both Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy are likely to start for France against Brazil on Sunday, and we hope both players come through well – and they can then go off and get some rest.
The two Frenchmen will be given an extra week off and will be reporting back for pre-season training on July 11th.
We expect both players to play much better next season than they did last term.
And we also expect Newcastle to play much better than we did last term – and we are hoping it was just a blip on the radar screen.
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