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Cabaye “It’s Never Like War But Against sunderland….”

10 years ago

Yohan Cabaye has been an integral part of Newcastle United’s success this season and back home in France he is big news, both as an individual and as part of the national side.

Stephane Lelong from L’Equipe travelled to Tyneside to interview Cabaye and spent a day with our star midfielder, thanks to our intrepid translator Pierre we have summarised some of the best points that have come up in the video interviews and it will also give you a chance to improve your schoolboy/girl French as you watch the behind the scenes videos. Giving you a great insight into how Cabaye is loving it on Tyneside and how your average brilliant, superstar Newcastle United footballer lives his life these days.

The video interview was split into five parts and today we bring you the final three parts – enjoy!

Part 3 Red Card In 40 Seconds

SL “Who has impressed you in the Premier League?”.

YC “Drogba, he is something!, I am not a defender but he is something! Stephen Gerrard  – I feel danger. You are normally used to watching these matches on TV, to tell yourself you are here, I will be playing against them- it gives me pride.

We see a framed pic of the L’equipe article when they followed Cabaye for 24 hours back in December – it shows the score NUFC 0 – 3 Chelsea… “it spoils the picture don’t you think?”. The L’equipe reporter goes on to say that he feels that Cabaye has grown in talent since at Newcastle and that Cabaye is a really nice guy but who does not take any prisoners on the pitch!

Cabaye is asked if he has had to learn to play harder since he is in England -“yes at the beginning I was used to French football and French referees. I automatically used to stop thinking the ref would blow, but no…now I am adapting, you have to play harder if you want to figure in the match. Sometimes after a match I feel silly if I have argued, with the adrenaline you sometime lose a bit of control”.

SL Were you any different in France?  With a smile YC “Nothing has changed about that, I was like that in France! I got a red card once within 40seconds, I am laughing now but I did not at the time!”.

 Part 4 At St.James’ Park with a little surprise…..

SL”…Oh no they have changed the name of the stadium”.

YC ” Yes and the people are very annoyed as it has always been St.James’ Park”.

Question from Rudi Garcia, his old coach at Lille, “What difference have you felt between Lille, Newcastle and England, in terms of atmosphere, stadium and the way they play?”.

YC “Whoa that‘s a big question! The difference in Lille is that we played in a stadium which was not really a football stadium and here I have found a football stadium with 52,000 every 2 weeks, the atmosphere is different, the people are different. In Lille too the stadium was full. Here there are more in the stadium so there is more noise. In England I have been to some old stadiums with tiny changing rooms and other new and modern ones. Here we have a ‘derby’ where the atmosphere is incredible!”.

SL “Are there any problems with teams in the tunnel?”.

YC “No not really but at sunderland you felt something different, it was hot! You come in, you feel it’s hot!  At other games, there seems to always be someone you know.  It’s never like war but against sunderland once you step on the last few steps before you get on the pitch you can hear the noise and you know you’ve got to turn up!!!”

 He holds the true Olympic torch that will be used this year (taken from Derek Llambias)

He talks about this pending French selection. “I am not fully convinced that I will be selected. It’s all going to happen very quickly, we have only a few matches left. When I was first selected it was in Norway (11 Aug 2010) I was really happy, you have to remain calm and represent your country. Yes I have won the European Championship (youth) but this is a higher level. It was so different, this is different pressure”.

Watch the fourth part of the interview here

Part 5  At Home With His Trophies.

Shows off his various trophies from his office:

–       His 1st International match

–       A framed present from a fan to celebrate his goal against Manchester United

–       His football shield against Brazil, given to him as he was new in the team.

–       French cup final

He relates and relives the last week of the championship last year, winning the cup then going to Paris for the last match of the season to win the league and how on their return from Paris they were dropped at a top nightclub in Lille directly from the coach.

“Even if I had not won the cup and the league with Lille, Lille is everything to me. It is very important to me as it is where I did all my football apprenticeship. There is nothing nicer to win with the club who has ‘formed’ you. I will always have a special bond with Lille”.

Watch the fifth part of the interview here




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