Sissoko and Cabaye Interviewed Plus Pardew On French Stereotypes
The top French football magazine ‘France Football’ have been pretty much camped at Newcastle since the rash of signings in January, on top of players such as Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa who are really big news over the channel.
France Football had a massive feature recently on Newcastle United and here is the second part of the translation provided by our translator Pierre, to read the first part go to – [intlink id=”24125″ type=”post”]Newcastle United Making Headlines In France Football.[/intlink]
In this part the French journalist covers all aspects of the Chelsea match and comes to some interesting conclusions regarding the respective roles of the French players as opposed to the rest of their teammates.
Both Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye discuss that Chelsea clash, while Alan Pardew tackles the tricky subject of French stereotypes.
AVEC LE HEROS DU MATCH
WELCOME SISSOKO !
WITH THE HERO OF THE GAME
Alan Pardew is cunning. He might have ten French available to him but he never put more than four on the pitch at any one time against Chelsea (Cabaye, Gouffran, Sissoko and Debuchy at kick-off). When Marveaux and Yanga-Mbiwa came on, it was to replace Gouffran and Sissoko. It is because the Newcastle manager wants to keep the balance (the technical and the psychological) of his team.
A team carefully composed, where the Argentines (Coloccini and Gutierrez) make their physical impact, the English (Steven Taylor and Perch) their heading ability, and the French their technical quality. Not a coincidence that the two South Americans and English are the players for defensive purposes, and the French, or from a French speaking country, rather in offensive roles.
Whilst Coloccini consistently looked for Gutierrez for the counter attack on the right hand side, the French hold on the game became more than substantial. “Sissoko brings energy and power”, confessed Alan Pardew after the victory against Chelsea. “When he arrived, I told him he needed to score more. Here, the game is more open, faster, and less tight than in France. His second goal is huge. It raised the roof of the stadium. It is huge, even in terms of popularity. We have been tracking him for eighteen months. Luckily we did not have to wait any longer!”.
The one in question, delighted with his double, nods: “The coach put me behind Papiss (Cissé) to try to support him as much as possible and try to strengthen the midfield when we do not have the ball. My qualities, is the offensive game, the final third. To pick up speed with the ball at my feet. It allows you to counter attack and play much higher up the pitch”.
<<LE STÉRÉOTYPE DU JOUEUR FRANÇAIS QUI BAISSE LE TÊTE QUAND IL EST MENÉ EN A PRIS UN COUP>>
“THE TYPICAL STEREOTYPE OF THE FRENCH PLAYER WHO PUTS HIS HEAD DOWN WHEN HE IS BEHIND HAS BEEN TRULY CHALLENGED ”
Another key player, Yohan Cabaye, whose return to form is obvious. “He has a mind game that shows he is a world class player”, Pardew said on Saturday afternoon. “He knows when to play short, play long, when to keep the ball”.
Cabaye prefers to talk about the impact of Sissoko. “I had no doubt of his ability to adapt, nor the speed at which he did it. He has a technical ability and power capacity that make him above the norm. In addition, he was quickly at ease. It has started well for him” .
What about the others? Debuchy was good, especially offensively, and Gouffran invaluable in harassing, pressing in the counter attacks and the recovery, without forgetting his huge contribution for the equalizer at 2-2.
“The French players have a good tactical knowledge that makes the difference here”, says Cabaye. “They are also intelligent and understand what the coach wants. And also they have brought energy and mental freshness”.
The conclusion; we leave it to Alan Pardew:
“In the match against Chelsea, the stereotype of the French player who does not fight enough and lowers his head when he is behind has taken a hit. You never know the character of a player when you buy them but I can tell you this: these guys are competitors”.
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