Anybody watching the France vs Ukraine game last night would have seen that both Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy had very good games for France in what was a crucial game in World Cup qualifying, and in the second half – with the scores at 2-2 each – Mathieu had a shot from outside the penalty area that flew inches wide, and then Yohan had a shot that the goalkeeper did very well to turn around the post.
Yohan Cabaye in French blue
Shortly after that Mamadou Sakho, who had an inspired game for France last night, hit his second goal of the game, and his second goal ever for France (I said he was inspired), to put the hosts 3-2 up on aggregate, and France were through to the finals in Brazil next summer.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is clear that Debuchy and Cabaye, who are the best of friends off the field, are simply winners, and the manager had this to say about the two French players today:
“They’re both winners – they get emotionally involved in games.” “Winners will sometimes do frustrating things, because they want to win.”
“Yohan sometimes does that. He makes a tackle that you sometimes wouldn’t want him to make.” “That’s because he wants to win – you can’t take that away from players.”
“They’re always going to have that, players like Roy Keane, and whoever you want to name.” “They want to win. Therefore they sometimes overstep the mark, and they get bookings.”
Mathieu Debuchy in French blue
Mathieu is suspended for the game on Saturday, but Yohan Cabaye will be starting the game, and with our French players obviously on a high because of last night’s terrific result, we are hoping they will also be in terrific form on Saturday for Newcastle.
A win against Norwich is all that matters right now.
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