Mathieu Debuchy had a good game for France against Brazil last night, especially in the first half, but he gave away a silly penalty in added time, and the score of 3-0 was flattering to Brazil.
Mathieu Debuchy challenging Neymar last night
His best pal Yohan Cabaye gave an interview to Canal+ last week, and some of Yohan’s comments have upset some Newcastle fans, who demand loyalty and respect from their players.
And there was some good news when Mathieu was interviewed in the French Daily L’Equipe yesterday, and this is some of what he had to say:
“Yes. I wanted to play in England and Newcastle is a great club.”
It was a long running saga to get Debuchy to Newcastle, and last summer Newcastle were trying to sign the French International, who was playing well for France at the Euro 2012 Championships.
But it didn’t happen, but the breakthtough came last October when Newcastle were quietly able to agree a fee with Lille of £5.5M, and Mathieu was was the first of five Frenchmen through the door last January.
Mathieu was linked with Monaco last week, and when asked what he thought about that, he first laughed and then said
“I saw it, but with Monaco, there are new names of players every day. It makes me smile.” “I discovered another championship with things that I like a lot: the atmosphere, the intensity of matches.”
“”Mentally, it takes the same energy, but the game is a little different.” “Last winter, there were many arrivals all of a sudden, it was difficult to work in such a short time.”
“But with the arrival of pre-season, we will be able to prepare well and play at the top of the table next season.” “Mentally, it’s OK.” “But physically, I have had a hard season in the legs.”
“This is not the best time to go to Brazil. But it’s still a good opportunity one year before the World Cup.”
Mathieu seems happy on Tyneside, and we want to see him perform like he did in that first half last night, when he subdued Brazil’s Neymar, and was France’s best player, although things went downhill for France in the second half..
He’s a good lad is Debuchy – especially when he says nice things about Newcastle.
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