These Two Are Both Winners, But They Can Be Frustrating

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.

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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.”

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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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14 comments so far

  • ERER

    Nov 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1

    @Mark Not really sure about that team

    Tiote, Gouffran, Cabaye are on their weaker side and Cisse shouldn’t be anywhere past the bench
    Personally I’d play without wingers since we have 2 very aggressive wingbacks.

    -Gouffran as an Impact sub to replace shola after 50+ minutes

    I wouldn’t have chose Tiote but since he got the captaincy he has been impermeable

    Shola has great hold up play that no other striker we have can do, we need that to allow the rest of the team to attack, we can’t just have 1 guy running at the opponents defence over and over hoping to get that “messi” moment

    I tried to indicate movement with ` and a direction, = means an extension to the movement

    Hope this doesn’t look all messed up when i press submit

    Hope ED doesn’t post the 6th article of the day, would kinda like to see some discussion.

  • ERER

    Nov 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Great, it deleted HBA and shola from the team I picked.

    I think it’s telling me somthing.

  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3


    Debuchy is suspended against Norwich, so he won’t play.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Thought you must gone to Australia for the Ashes.
    No – most likely some SMB hacked into the site

  • djm...

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #5

    For me the one change has to be Ben Arfa in for tiote. Tiote has been brilliant, but against the smaller teams who will sit back he has always been a passenger and a liability. The reason he has looked like his old self is because we have had four big games in a row.
    When he has time on the ball he panics and can’t help break down a team at all.

    Ben Arfa is the opposite, we don’t have the players around him to help him make an impact against the big teams, but he can unlock the smaller teams with little to no help.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #6

    djm –

    You forget how dangerous the “smaller” teams can be.

    We MUST set up with a solid defence, with attacking options.

    Control the game first, and assuming we can, move on from there.

    We need Tiote protecting the back 4.

  • estechco

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #7

    How about this as a controversial line up?


    Anita and Santon given more scope to explore their attacking tendencies. HBA excused from his defensive ones.

  • djm...

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    He doesn’t protect the back four against a Norwich though, a team playing on the counter attack and he is shocking.

    Tiote is potentially a world class player against the attacking teams. But pedestrian against the teams we should beat. IMO the last 3 years of history say not making the change will be a mistake.

  • ERER

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #9

    An even more controversial one would be with Colo as a HB

    Bringing back the 1920’s tactics

  • estechco

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #10

    ERER – I did consider that too, but thought Colo would look more comfortable as the right of a three (Willo’s central height also being a factor)

    I’m guessing Hoots will have done his homework based on our last 2 successful outings. This aims to mess with his plans, although doubt AP would risk it.

  • ERER

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #11

    ED, looks like it’s time for another article

    JFK’s first signing ?

  • ERER

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Here is a video of him

    Abner Felipe Souza

  • ERER

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    This video is probably better but it does have his phone number and his agents e-mail in it.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #14

    see it’s silly season in the rumour mill
    You sages of French football

    are the following any good for the TOON

    Rémy Cabella, 23, attacking midfielder, Montpellier
    Layvin Kurzawa, 21, left back, AS Monaco
    Bafetimbi Gomis, 28, striker, Olympique Lyonnais
    Filip Djordjevic, 26, striker, Nantes
    Romain Alessandrini, 24, left winger, Rennes

    being touted on

    as could be on the TOONs radar


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