Over the years we have been used to our club and the individual players making the news for often the wrong reasons around the world.
Here we bring you a translation from the French sports newspaper L’Equipe, where Everton’s Louis Saha talks in length about Newcastle’s French revolution.
Thanks to ‘Pattie’ for supplying the following translation of an article that originally appeared in the French sports newspaper L’Equipe prior to the Manchester City match. Newcastle United are massive news over there with the double whammy of such a good start and of course a rich vein of Frenchmen running through the squad. Rather bizarrely the interview is with Louis Saha of Everton!
With Barcelona, Juventus and … Manchester City, Newcastle is in a small circle of teams that has yet to lose a single match in the Premier League this season. While the calendar will offer three shocks in the space of fifteen days (City, Chelsea and MU), Louis Saha brings us his insight into the performance of the best defence of the Premier League. For him, the Magpies lack strength in depth to last.
With only eight goals conceded in eleven matches, Newcastle has the best defence in the Premier League. This position, however, does not reflect real difficulties in that area of play for the Magpies. “They have had great results not based on luck but with much success”, says Louis Saha. The French international cites the example … the defeat of his team, Everton, at St. James Park on November 5th. That afternoon, the Toffees were defeated 1-2 after creating “many occasions” one of which was a post … off Saha. Also, against the Queens Park Rangers (0-0, fourth match), Tottenham (2-2, eighth match and Wigan (1-0, ninth match) those points gained may have appeared, “lucky ones”.
A team limited in quality …
It will perhaps not be against Manchester City on Saturday or against Manchester United and Chelsea in the next two weeks but ultimately Newcastle seems doomed to fall into line. Relatively speaking, Saha compares the Magpies’ climb to the top, similar to a team just … promoted. “In England, often it happens that a team that has just been promoted starts with a bang (see Hull City and Wolverhampton in recent years), but gradually it becomes increasingly difficult . “The former Metz player see the turning point in the month of December-January when the English clubs will have to play, “every two or three days. “When you look at the number of matches that Arsenal, Chelsea and the two Manchesters have to play, it is difficult to compare”.
And in quality…
With Frenchies; Obertan, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Demba Ba (8 goals) and Leon Best (3 goals), Newcastle have certainly a talented team. But it still lacks a “world class” player able to “pull them up towards the top”. ”They have an impressive counter attacking team”, claims Saha, “ but even if Demba Ba scores hat-tricks, while Obertan is explosive, and even if Yo (Cabaye) is attractive proposition in the last thirty metres, they have no van Persie, Rooney or Aguero … “according to his eyes, Newcastle is capable of finishing fifth or sixth. “They would do well to finish there”.