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Cabaye – ‘I Just Want To Lead The Team On The Pitch’

8 years ago
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Our stand-in captain, Yohan Cabaye is clearly relishing his new role ad doing it where it matters.

While he acknowledges that there is still a hindrance with the dressing room sermons, he is doing it where it matters, by leading on the pitch.

This is what our playmaker had to say to the club’s official TV channel after Sunday’s win;

“It was a very tough game, Stoke came here with a nice shape, a nice unit, 4-4-2.

It was very difficult for us to play but we won it at the end”.

On his brilliantly executed free-kick, Yohan admits it was a fair cop as the referee caught him out when he moved the ball back to stand more of a chance to get it up and over, as the ref was distracted (a word in his ear from the fourth official?) organising the wall;

“No I couldn’t (see how he could get it over their tall wall from so close), that is why I wanted to move the ball but the referee didn’t (Yohan smiling). The wall was so tall I couldn’t put much pace on the ball, I just had to try and get it on target.

I love this kind of free-kick and I practice it loads at the training ground, that goal meant we stayed in the game. I’m happy for myself and the team”.

As for the captaincy;

“My English isn’t very good to speak in the dressing room, I just want to lead the team on the pitch and I hope I am doing well”.

Certainly in terms of leading by example, Cabaye’s recent form has been excellent.

Though it is a real conundrum how a player capable of such brilliance in open play and free-kicks, takes such rotten corners, answers on a postcard.

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